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Responses To Sex Offenders Bill Talks Impress Alvick Maharaj

“Those children, who have been victims of sexual assault or rape, will definitely not feel comfortable to see the person who did wrong to them living in the same area,” Kinisimere Marama said.
28 Apr 2019 16:54
Responses To Sex Offenders Bill Talks Impress Alvick Maharaj
Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights members gathered with the people who made submissions during the public consultation on sex offenders bill at Vunivutu, Labasa on April 25, 2019.

Assistant Minister for Employment, Productivity, Industrial Relations, Youth and Sports Alvick Maharaj has assured the people of Macuata that the Registration of Sex Offender’s Bill would ensure that our citizens are safe.

Mr Maharaj was chair of Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights during the public consultation last week at Vunivutu, Seaqaqa, Bulileka and Coqeloa.

Many concerned parents raised their concern about the safety of their children.

“Those children, who have been victims of sexual assault or rape, will definitely not feel comfortable to see the person who did wrong to them living in the same area,” Kinisimere Marama said.

“How can we be sure that after they serve their sentence in prison they will not reoffend?”

In response Mr Maharaj said the Police and other relevant agencies would monitor their movement at all times.

Another concerned parent, Mohammed Ali in his submission said something must be done to keep sex offenders away from vulnerable children and women of our society.

“They have a right to live as human beings in the community but to prevent being victimised or shame they should be kept in separate location,” Mr Ali said.

“Although their name will be registered for lifetime no one can guarantee that they will not reoffend.”

Mr Maharaj said he was overwhelmed to receive good submissions from the people of Macuata.

“Their attendance shows that they appreciate the fact to see us in person and confidently share their opinion because they now believe their voice can be heard,” Mr Maharaj said.

“Everyone wants to lively safely and hence we will continue with the consultation in the Northern Division.”

Yesterday they were at Cakaudrove Province.

Edited by Percy Kean


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