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High Number Of Sexual Offences Worrying: Police

Ten of the victims were below the age of 17-years, two victims were women aged between 25 to 31 years and one in her mid 50’s.
20 Jan 2023 14:40
High Number Of Sexual Offences Worrying: Police

High number of sexual offences has prompted concerns from the Fiji Police Force.

It follows the number of sexual offences cases recorded within the first two weeks of 2023 where the majority of the victims are children.

There have been 13 cases of sexual offences that had been recorded from the January 1st to the 15th

Of which four rape cases were recorded, four indecent assaults, three sexual assault, one case of abduction of person under 18-years of age with intent to have carnal knowledge and one case of defilement of young person between 13 and 16-years of age.

Ten of the victims were below the age of 17-years, two victims were women aged between 25 to 31 years and one in her mid 50’s.

Police said the even more concerning are the offences being committed by relatives, which include, cousins, uncles and a case where a woman was allegedly raped on five separate occasions by her 30-year old brother in law.

Majority of the cases were reported in the Northern Division with nine cases, Southern and Western Division recording two cases each.

Fiji Police Force reiterated the need for more support towards curbing these crimes against women and children.

Police further added these are moral crimes that need to be addressed through holistic efforts and through the Divisional Police Commanders and Divisional Managers Community Policing, our doors are open to working together towards finding solutions to these crimes for the sake of protecting women and children in our society.

 

Story by: jone.salusalu@fijisun.com.fj



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