FOUR teenage boys and two men have been charged by police with two counts of rape of a 20-year-old woman from Ba.
According to police, the woman was returning from a wedding reception on the evening of October 28 when she was allegedly dragged into a nearby bush and raped by the four boys.
They were joined by two men aged 36 and 30 years, who have also been charged with two counts of rape.
In a statement, police expressed their concern at the age of the suspects.
According to police, the four were a 17-year-old Form Five student, a 16-year-old Form Four student, a 14-year-old Class Eight student and a 13-year-old Class Seven student.
Because of their ages, investigators prepared separate files to be forwarded to the officer-in-charge at the Juvenile Bureau for Investigations.
Police have issued a warning to would-be offenders thinking of committing crimes this festive season.
"It is the intent of the Fiji Police Force to lay the foundation for an incident-free festive season and as such special taskforce teams have been set up throughout the divisions that will tend to such serious cases," said police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro.