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Scary Ordeal Has Left 24-Year-Old FNU Student Traumatised

Youths threaten Esther as she makes her way home from University.
17 Oct 2019 10:01
Scary Ordeal Has Left 24-Year-Old FNU Student Traumatised
Fiji National University Nasinu Campus rear gate. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

A scary incident involving a group of youths who threatened her as she made her way home haunts Fiji National University student Esther Tawakevou every day.

Yesterday she recalled the experience and reiterated her call for more Police presence at the Khalsa Road junction of Newtown and Kinoya in Nasinu after hearing reports of similar approaches being made to vulnerable young women.

Ms Tawakevou said she had to escape from a group of men who attempted to force her into the bushes in Nasinu. The incident happened last month.

That evening, the 24-year-old, who lives in Tacirua, was on her way to look for transport home after studying at the FNU, Nasinu campus.

She decided to walk to the Khalsa Road junction to catch a bus from there.

Walking past the Delainamasi Government School, a man approached her and started a conversation.

“He started to walk with me, asked questions and started getting vulgar. He told me to go into the nearby bushes with him,” she said.

“I boldly walked on until I reached the lights at the junction. And made a dash for safety, but almost got involved in a road accident.”

Ms Tawakevou soon realised the man had two companions who were also calling out to her.

“I grew scared. I tried stopping cars. After unsuccessful attempts, a car finally stopped,” she said.

This account was verified by Whitney Rounds, who was in the car as it headed towards Nausori.

The same day she posted on her social media page: “I’m in shock with what I witnessed tonight.

“We nearly got into an accident. As the cars in front of us started moving forward we saw a girl who looked extremely scared in the middle of the road calling out for help cause. She was nearly sexually abused by a pack of men who followed her to the bus stop. She was trying to get home, but instead got herself in a dangerous encounter.

“On questioning her she begged us to let her in the car and so we did. I was stunned thinking that’s someone’s sister, daughter, cousin, girlfriend, friend and no one helped her.”

They took the student to Valelevu Police Station where she reported the matter.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said there were no reports lodged, however this was a matter they would look into and find out why no report was formally made.

Esther has also heard of similar attacks on girls at night. She hoped that by highlighting her story, authorities would look into the matter and Police increase their presence in the area.

The bus shelter area near Fiji National University Nasinu Campus rear gate is usually dark at night. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The bus shelter area near Fiji National University Nasinu Campus rear gate is usually dark at night. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Edited by Percy Kean

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