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Nasinu Muslim College Assault Allegations Surface

“I cannot tell you right now. These reports do not normally come to my table. These are issues that are resolved with the school and at the divisional level,” she said.
27 Mar 2021 11:35
Nasinu Muslim College Assault Allegations Surface

A Year 12 student was allegedly beaten by his schoolmate, leading him to be bedridden.

It is alleged that the student was beaten up sometime in October last year because of a disagreement.

The alleged perpetrator in this case was a senior prefect of the school.

The student who was assaulted, was bedridden until this year, and is now attending a different school.

Nasinu Muslim College principal Safiq Ahmed said the matter was reported to the Police and parents of the students involved decided to reconcile. Mr Ahmed did not clarify if a report was given to the Ministry of Education about the incident.

Minister for Education Rosy Akbar said she had not received any reports on the matter.

“I cannot tell you right now. These reports do not normally come to my table. These are issues that are resolved with the school and at the divisional level,” she said.

Former students of the school confirmed that an incident took place in Term Three, sometime in October when an assembly was called.

The students said it was a big issue in the school as Police had come. He said the senior prefect was suspended for two days, but they did not see the victim of the assault for the rest of the 2020 academic year.

This matter came to light after the Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination director Ashwin Raj was tipped off about it. He instructed his staff to find out:

1. What action was taken by the Police?

2. The nature of the injury sustained by the victim, which led to him being bedridden for months.

3. Why this matter was not reported to the Accident Compensation Commission of Fiji?

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said there was a case in November that was lodged by a student’s father after his son had fallen ill after being allegedly assaulted in October.

“The matter first came to light when it was referred to the Police by school teachers and all students were brought in where they themselves reconciled the matter and the victim did not want to pursue the matter further,” she said.

Ms Naisoro said the matter was still under investigation.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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