Fiji's Family Network
A FOUR-year-old girl is the latest victim of rape in Fiji, sparking outrage from women's organisations and churches.
As hundreds of people marched through the Capital City against any form of violence against women and children, police confirmed the case was reported from the Western Division this week.
Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said an 18-year-old farmer was in police custody.
He said the alleged incident happened on Wednesday between 3pm and 5pm. The suspect and the girl are from the same village.
Insp Sokomuri said the suspect entered the house through a window into a bedroom where all the children were sleeping.
The mother of the victim reported the matter to police.
"As investigations into the matter continue, the incident has once again sparked a warning that these crimes will not be condoned and those who continue to prey on our children will be brought to justice," Insp Sokomuri said.
Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua who is touring the west, said a more concerted approach was needed to weed out this social ill.
He said this was an issue of morality, which police were ill-equipped to handle on their own.
The Methodist Church of Fiji and Rotuma said rape is a "cowardly act" and one of the biggest threat against women in society today.
Church general secretary Reverend Tevita Nawadra said there was not much attention given to the moral aspects of people's life but a lot of money had been spent on developing the nation and infrastructure.
"This has hindered other development," Mr Nawadra said.
"Fiji lacks ethical moral lifestyle which is evident in the increase in the number of rape cases and authorities need to strategise their plans now."
Mr Nawadra, however, said the increase in the number of reported cases showed that police no longer withheld information that was deemed sensitive and were not reported by the media.
He said this information was vital as people needed to share it.
He said heads of church circuits have been actively involved in reminding parents of their roles.
The head of the Catholic Church in Fiji, Archbishop elect of Suva Father Dr Father Peter Chong, said the church believed perpetrators had been influenced through the information readily available through the media.
He said pornographic scene could now be easily accessed via mobile phone and internet shops.
"The power of the media has acted out on this perpetrator," he said.
This, he said, had changed the lifestyle of people that eventually changed their values and attitude.
The Fiji Women's Crisis Centre said people should stop voicing their opinions but rather put their words into actions.
FWCC director Shamima Ali said the increase in the number of reported cases had made the people panic, yet nothing much was done to eradicate it.
"They need to bring their idea to the table because this is a universal sickness and Fiji is no exception," Ms Ali said.
She said 90 per cent of rape victims were women, which had been proven through their survey that men's attitude were deteriorating.
Ms Ali said they had conducted their own research which was presented to the Minister for Social Welfare and Women, Dr Jiko Luveni.
"We have a universal understanding and deep knowledge of what's happening here in Fiji," she said.
"Why aren't women raping men? It is how men look at women and girls in society."
Friday, February 15, 2013
ALL stakeholders in the Northern Division have a responsibility to eradicate the social ill of rape against women and children.
Reacting to recent reports of rape against young girls in Vanua Levu, Fiji Women's Crisis Centre team leader north Sera Bogitini said the church, vanua, communities and families all had a role to play in eradicating any form of violence against women and children.
Since last month, the north has reported two cases of alleged gang rape.
The first involved a 16-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by six men and the second was reported this month involving a 21-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by four men.
Police are still investigating the second case while the first has been referred to the High Court in Labasa.
Mrs Bogitini said cases of rape happened in rural and urban centres so it was the responsibility of not only civil societies and law enforcers to fight the social ill, but all stakeholders.
Almost everyday, there is a case of rape reported in the dailies here in Fiji - the victims are now little babies - a 9 month old being the youngest victim. There is a rise in gang rapes in Vanua Levu, a young girl in Lau raped in her own home by someone who followed her into the house and raped her, 2 little girls who are sisters raped in their own kitchen whilst their mom was doing chores outside their home in Rotuma - what can we do to curb this sickening crime??????????
ni yadra vinaka!!! wili pepa tiko na mataka nikua n --'Guilty of attempted rape' caught my attention...story was about an unlcle raping his niece, the child was 7 at the time class 2 I guess...the child was his brothers step daughter....in mitigation .." He added there was no ill feelings from the victim and the family towards the accused"....au va qo e kila mada vacava o koya na feelings nei gone since he robbed her of her innocence...valoloma...the child would be scarred for life and he says there are no ill feelings...
Oilei Sofi - sa dua na ka na nona sega ni kauwai o Tinani gone ena kisi qoka - sa kaukauwa beka na nona dodomo????? me a caka mada vei au qori - warai - rau sa veitalatala sa la na tagane boci qori vata kei na nona i yaya ni vakatatalo!!!!!!!!!
Ni kaya mada Ms.Ray!..Sa qai dua na tinani gone sa leqa saraga. Sa rawarawa vua me maroroa tiko na tagane warolaki qore me qai mai vunia tiko na na leqa e caka tiko. She should be taken to task too...Sigi lomana na luvena....
isa o keda! rape the government and the people...