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Shamima Ali Commends ODPP Reports

Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre co-ordinator Shamima Ali has  commended the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for releasing monthly statistics of rape and sexual offences. “It helps organisations like
03 Jun 2016 08:18
Shamima Ali Commends ODPP Reports
Shamima Ali.

Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre co-ordinator Shamima Ali has  commended the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for releasing monthly statistics of rape and sexual offences.

“It helps organisations like us to strategise better around these issues,” she said.

This was after the ODPP on Wednesday released the statistics for Rape and Sexual Offences for the month of May.

Ms Ali said there was a need to start looking at the root cause of such issues.

“We have to start working with our men because most of the perpetrators are men,” she said.

“Stop blaming women, children and girls for rape and start looking at perpetrators.”

Ms Ali also said it was really important to state why some cases did not reach court.

“It would be useful to know why they didn’t get up to court and why these people weren’t charged; why some cases are dismissed and discharged. Because then they will show us where the weaknesses are.”

Ms Ali noted there had been improvement over the years in terms of the penalties handed out to convicted sexual offenders.

“In recent judgments, some judges have sentenced rapists without parole so that they have to serve the full term,” Ms Ali said.

She said these types of sentencing needed to be encouraged and we needed to see more of it.

Meanwhile Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar, during her ministerial statement in Parliament on Wednesday, outlined the holistic approach her ministry was taking to tackle this most serious of issues.

“We must all support the rights of women and girls to be free from all forms of violence, including sexual and domestic abuse. And the rights of all children generally to be reared with the love and care they deserve,” Ms Akbar said.

She reiterated the ‘zero-tolerance’ stance on violence of any kind against women or children.

“The terms ‘no drop’ and ‘zero tolerance’ have to mean just that. The laws are there and they are there to be enforced.”

Meanwhile the ODPP’s stats on Rape and Sexual Offences for May indicated a four-year-old was the youngest victim and the accused person was the father of the victim.

According to the statistics, there were 25 victims of 46 separate incidents and 18 victims were under the age of 18 years. Of this there were 11 rape victims and nine were sexually assaulted.

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