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Chief: Curb Rise In Rape Numbers

  The Tui Macuata, Ratu Wiliame Katonivere, is calling on religious leaders and the vanua to help curb the increasing number of rape cases in the North. Ratu Wiliame has
24 Apr 2017 11:00
Chief: Curb Rise In Rape Numbers

 

The Tui Macuata, Ratu Wiliame Katonivere, is calling on religious leaders and the vanua to help curb the increasing number of rape cases in the North.

Ratu Wiliame has described the increasing number of rape cases surfacing from the North as alarming. However, what upsets him the most was the age difference between the assailants and their victims –  with fathers, grandfathers raping their own.

“I think there should be a joint venture between the vanua and these religious groups.

“There should be one vision and one objective, it should not be divided, they should work hand in hand,” Ratu Wiliame said.

“Everything starts from home and parents should spend time with their families.

“There are so many things going on in the community that is not focusing on their families.

“There are a lot of programmes that are being done by religious groups that parents occupy themselves with and they do not have time for their children.”

He thinks the implementation of the currently proposed village by laws would help address the issue.

He said: “I think one of the key factors that can at least help curb this problem is the village bylaws once this comes into place.

“All in all it comes down to the members of the community, they need to be enlightened and this is the part where traditional and religious leaders come in.

“They need to introduce programmes or workshops to educate them on respecting human lives.

“The saying ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ has been defeated because this is happening within families and this needs to be addressed.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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