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Qiliho: Tell Us If Vilified Online

Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Qiliho is calling on the public to come forward and lodge complaints if they are being vilified on social media. His comments come after a man from
06 May 2016 10:04
Qiliho: Tell Us If Vilified Online
Marika Ragogo (left) escorted to Magistrate Court in Suva yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Qiliho is calling on the public to come forward and lodge complaints if they are being vilified on social media.

His comments come after a man from Sigatoka was arrested and charged on Wednesday for making derogatory remarks against a minor on Facebook.

This is also one of the first cases where criminal charges have been laid against a man for his comments on Facebook.

“A complaint was lodged and our officers took it from there. There is a tendency for people to engage on social media but in cases when they are offensive, do come up and lodge Police complaints,” he said.

“Our officers will not go digging on social media themselves because there are matters of fake profiles, sharing information, etc.”

The Sigatoka man who allegedly made inappropriate sexual comments against a minor on Facebook made his first appearance in court yesterday.

Marika Davetawalu Ragogo has been charged with one count of annoying and indecently insulting any person under Section 213 (1) (a) of the Crimes Decree.

The court heard that on May 2 at Sigatoka, Ragogo allegedly posted a picture of a three-year-old girl with accompanying derogatory remarks.

The court heard that Ragogo allegedly did this to insult the modesty of the father of the three-year-old girl.

His post on Facebook sparked a flurry of comments from the public condemning his action.

Brigadier-General Qiliho had told the media earlier that the nature of the alleged posted comment raised serious concerns especially when the nation was working towards eradicating this problem and looking at ways of protecting our children from becoming victims of such crimes.

“Making a joke of such an issue is sickening,” he said earlier.

Ragogo, 20, appeared before Magistrate Jioji Bosewaqa at the Suva Magistrates Court.

He will reappear in court today before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili, who will decide whether Ragogo’s case will be heard in Suva or Sigatoka.

Meanwhile, a separate investigation was also launched by the Police Cyber Crime Unit after a teacher lodged a complaint that a fake account was created on Facebook under her name where her picture in a lingerie had been posted.

Investigation into this matter continues.

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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