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Parents, Children Are Our Responsibility

The brutal murder of 14-year-old Mere Ailevu at Loloma Beach, Deuba, this week is another shocking reminder of the vulnerability of children in our society. The head of Police has
18 Mar 2016 08:28
Parents, Children Are Our  Responsibility

The brutal murder of 14-year-old Mere Ailevu at Loloma Beach, Deuba, this week is another shocking reminder of the vulnerability of children in our society.

The head of Police has promised the strengthening of the investigating team in this murder and all cases involving minors.

Bringing to justice the perpetrators of such heinous crimes will bring a sense of peace to the grieving family, friends and especially to the tightly-knit Deuba community.

This is also a time for parents and guardians to take stock.

In fact this is a wake-up call for parents. CHILDREN ARE OUR RESPONSIBILITY.

They are not the responsibility of the good and ever helpful neighbour, nor the responsibility of a trusted church member. They are never the responsibility of the eldest child in the family.

Children will always remain the responsibility of parents and guardians.

And parents should not feel guilty for missing out on community, village, church or family meetings for the sake of their children.

As a society, we cannot allow such unspeakable abuse and attacks on children to continue.

A concerted movement is vital to raise awareness that any form of child abuse, murder or rape must simply stop. It is unacceptable and has no place in a peace loving nation like ours.

But it will take more than just a few voices.

We need to work together with Government, civil society agencies, communities and religious leaders, schools and Police.

This fight must start and continue with parents leading the way.

Parents are after all the role models that children look up to – they are their protectors and providers.

But when parents fail, the long arm of the law will also fall hard on those found guilty.

The Police have said time and again that they would be taking a holistic approach which was not limited to only the perpetrators of the crime.

Let’s all work together, in keeping Fiji a country where children can live, learn, love and grow without fear.

ROSI DOVIVERATA

Feedback:  rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj

 



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