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DPC Ligairi Calls For Change In Attitude

Deputy Police Commissioner Isikeli Ligairi yesterday called on top Police officers to learn how to respond appropriately to victims of gender based violence. “If a woman can’t turn to us
14 Jun 2016 15:26
DPC Ligairi Calls For Change In Attitude
Top-ranked police officers in the Northern Division at the gender-based violence, human rights and the law workshop at Labasa Civic Centre yesterday. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU

Deputy Police Commissioner Isikeli Ligairi yesterday called on top Police officers to learn how to respond appropriately to victims of gender based violence.

“If a woman can’t turn to us for help when she has become a victim, then who else can she turn to?” DPC Ligairi questioned.

DPC Ligairi was speaking when opening a workshop on Gender Based Violence, Human Rights and Law at the Labasa Civic Centre attended by the top ranking officers in the Northern Division.

“This workshop is designed to help us understand the sensitive nature of responding appropriately, to female victims reporting gender-based violence,” DPC Ligairi said.

“Sometimes our work does become monotonous and we become complacent.

However, complacency has no place in the enforcement of laws about gender based violence.”

DPC Ligairi said he would not tolerate any officer trying to bend the rules because of their personal beliefs on the subject of violence against women and gender based violence.

“All of us have been given the responsibility to enforce Fiji’s laws which are clearly defined so there is no other way around that in as far as our role as law enforcers is concerned,” Mr Ligairi said.

“Through our work and quick response we can instill confidence to members of the public that the Fiji Police Force is serious about addressing crimes against women and children.”

The workshop is the third in a series of four, facilitated by the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre and funded by UNDP, for all of the Fiji Police Force’s senior officers around the country.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre co-ordinator Shamima Ali said they were going to look at reported statistics on sexual assault.

“The objective of the workshop is to develop, create and make strategy plans to provide better responses within the Fiji Police Force.”

Edited by Rusiate Mataika.

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