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Breakdown In Family Values Blamed For Social Problems

Church reps have attributed rising social problems to a breakdown in family values. They are also concerned about other criminal activities. At a meeting of leaders of faith-based groups in
02 Mar 2017 11:00
Breakdown In Family Values Blamed For Social Problems
From left: Faith-based organisations representatives Romanu Tikotikoca, Enerico Kaloudau, Preetam Singh and Sister Mariana Tevurega during the meeting between faith-based leaders and Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation yesterday. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

Church reps have attributed rising social problems to a breakdown in family values.

They are also concerned about other criminal activities.

At a meeting of leaders of faith-based groups in Suva yesterday, some shared their thoughts about lawlessness.

The faith-based leaders also expressed serious concerns over the latest rape and sexual offences statistics released by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for the month of February.

Reverend Sitiveni Kua from the Methodist Church of Fiji and Romtuma said: “The problem is the breakdown of family values and also the inequality of economic system.”

He said the root cause of the increase in crime rate was that spiritual instruction from parents to children had declined.

“Urbanisation is another reason, people are coming to town searching for employment, privileges and opportunities and if they don’t find any, then they ended up committing crime,” he said.

“We have to change the structure, mainly for the fundamental churches. The betterment of the society is about the structure, the way we serve the Lord.”

Catholic church representative Romanu Tikotikoca said everything started at home.

“The family is the basic unit of society. Parents need to have control of their children and also keep watch over what they are doing,” he said.

He said at this point in time, parents were leaving their children for other activities and not taking into account their welfare and wellbeing.

“Some are even unaware of what their children are doing and that is one of the main reasons for the problem,” he said.

“There’s no need to blame the Police, the Church, the community for that.

“The foundation of the child starts at home, we need to spend more time with our children.”

“The communities need to assist the Police with this

“Community policing needs to be greatly supported to an extent, in terms of visitation, the participation from the community in terms of crime prevention and having crime prevention committee in every community,” he said.

“There should be more interactions between the Police and community.”

Representing the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha, Fiji, Manisha Ramrakha said, the problems started from home.

“Children are also now exposed to modern technologies. They hardly attend religious programmes. So they don’t have better knowledge and moral values,” she said.

She added that internet, television, and Facebook were becoming the major distractions for the youths and children, “parents should be strict and advise their children”.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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