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Police to look into body search claims

Mary Rauto
Monday, May 07, 2012

POLICE will investigate the alleged body search of a 17-year old girl.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro confirmed they were aware of the complaint.

She said the issue was raised at the Kadavu Provincial Council meeting last week.

Ms Naisoro said the girl's parents contacted the station officer on Kadavu and told the incident happened in Suva.

She said police advised the parents to lodge a complaint in Suva, saying the matter would be looked into thoroughly.

The alleged incident happened at Narain Jetty last Tuesday.

Fiji Women's Crisis Centre co-ordinator Shamima Ali has described the incident as "a total violation of the girl's rights and even more specifically breaches Fiji's commitments to the Convention on the Rights of the Child".

"We have received reports from people who were present at the wharf about the incident and they were concerned about the behaviour of the police in this case," she said.

"This is totally unacceptable รน an abuse of power and demonstrates a lack of respect for women and girls."

According to Ms Ali, Fiji's commitments to the Convention of the Rights means anyone under the age of 18 years is recognised as a child.


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