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EDITORIAL : Let’s Back Qiliho In Battle Against Sexual Crimes

The arrest of a 31-year-old man in connection with the alleged rape of a seven-year-old girl in Lautoka last year comes as a relief. The incident shocked the nation. Many
26 Jul 2016 08:43
EDITORIAL : Let’s Back Qiliho In Battle Against Sexual Crimes

The arrest of a 31-year-old man in connection with the alleged rape of a seven-year-old girl in Lautoka last year comes as a relief.

The incident shocked the nation. Many wondered how someone could walk into a home in the night, abduct the innocent victim and rape her.

It’s a significant breakthrough in this outstanding case and people were beginning to think whether Police would be able to nab the alleged perpetrator.

Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said: “After months of painstaking work, investigators have finally managed to link the accused to the alleged incident which occurred in Tomuka last year.

“As is with sexual offences case the focus of my investigators has been on ensuring those responsible are brought to justice, and this has not shifted from the day the report was initially received.

“This should also send a strong message of our commitment with regards to serious cases especially where children are victims of crime.”

Brigadier-General’s message is clear.

To would be offenders beware. Don’t ever think about committing a sexual offence, whether it’s rape, abduction or wrongful confinement and expect to get away with it.

The Police will come and get you no matter how long it takes.

The Tomuka incident is a case in point. It may have taken several months to investigate it but Police got there in the end.

All right thinking  people will condemn sexual offences against women and in particular children. It’s obvious these perpetrators or sexual predators prey on the most vulnerable of our society. We should all support Brigadier-General Qiliho’s mission to rid our society of this evil. These sexual crimes must be condemned in the strongest possible terms because they are despicable and abhorrent. They cause pain and suffering and inflict long term damage on victims which they may never recover from.

That’s the reason why we should not allow them to happen in our communities by helping Police stamp them out.

We should be prepared and willing at all times to volunteer information to the Police that will lead to the arrest of suspects.

We should also all be vocal in our communities  in declaring that we do not condone these crimes.

We should not be ashamed or afraid to talk about these issues openly, because they have a serious impact on us.

We should dispense with cultural  and religious sensitivities. They have been used in the past as a diversion  to obstruct the course of justice. In other words there should be zero tolerance on all sexual offences. For example, the use of alcohol or illegal drugs as an excuse to commit an offence must never be accepted.

The public support for Brigadier-General Qiliho’s war on illegal drugs has contributed to the success of the campaign.

We should back him in the same way in the battle to stop sexual attacks against the vulnerable.


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