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Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama Condemns Bulitavu’s Sex Talk Against Indo-Fijians

Pm Bainimarama leads the charge in the public uproar against the SODELPA MP who ‘stereotyped Indo-Fijian women as being promiscuous and made the ridiculous claim that Indo-Fijian men are the only ones who use knives to commit acts of horrific violence against women.’
06 Jul 2019 13:47
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama Condemns Bulitavu’s Sex Talk Against Indo-Fijians
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday condemned SODELPA MP Mosese Bulitavu’s statement that it was common for married Indo-Fijian women in the canefields to have extra-marital affairs.

Mr Bulitavu also claimed that only Indo-Fijian men used knives to stab and murder their wives.

Mr Bainimarama said Mr Bulitavu “stereotyped Indo-Fijian women as being promiscuous and made the ridiculous claim that Indo-Fijian men are the only ones who use knives to commit acts of horrific violence against women.”

“He went on to claim that iTaukei men only beat iTaukei women because they are bigger than them. Worse, he insinuated that iTaukei women should be thankful these beatings aren’t carried out with weapons.

“Mr Bulitavu’s statements are an insult to the women of Fiji on two fronts. He’s not only showing his ignorance by putting forward harmful and dishonest ethnic stereotypes, which are racist.

“But behind his statements lurks a deeply seeded and deadly patriarchal mentality. And he’s proven once again that he and his party are entirely incapable of seeing the complexity behind serious issues, such as domestic violence in Fiji, and delivering solutions that address the real reasons for these societal ills.

“Domestic violence is not some new phenomena, nor was it brought to Fiji by any group.

“It is an issue that is – and has always been – a direct result of patriarchal mindsets that see women as inferior and as objects to be abused at will. Men don’t commit abuse because they are a certain ethnicity.

“Men don’t commit abuse because they may be bigger or stronger. Men commit abuse because they are small-minded and weak. By hiding behind racist stereotypes rather than calling out the individuals who make the horrific choice to abuse their partners, Bulitavu has proven himself small-minded as well.

“Since the start of my time as Prime Minister, I’ve taken every opportunity to denounce violence, in all forms, against all women. I’ve called for a whole-of-society approach that addresses the root cause of this problem and helped lead real action to keep women and young girls safe from abuse.

“But statements, such as those from Bulitavu, jeopardise that entire national effort by entrenching our society in a vicious cycle of violence that excuses abusers and refuses to acknowledge the mentalities that fuel their reprehensible behaviour. I won’t tolerate it, and neither will the Fijian people.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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