A 16-YEAR-OLD is the latest victim of a gang-rape in Fiji.
The girl was medically examined and sent back to her parent’s home after her statement was taken by police in Vanua Levu.
Seven men between the ages of 16 and 30 are in custody over the alleged incident that happened last Thursday.
Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said the incident occurred at 7pm on January 3 after the girl went with one of the suspects to look for her cousin.
“She was told to wait in a house while the suspect went to call the other six suspects,” she said. “Suspecting the danger that was to befall her, she tried to flee the scene but was closed in by the seven men who took turns raping her.”
Ms Naisoro said police would not shy away from the no-drop-policy of violence against women and children.
“We are pleading with members of the public not to condone such crimes and to report them if they have knowledge of such things happening in their midst,” she said. “Those who are involved in such crimes will be dealt with accordingly and we will not step down from our intention to see that they are taken into justice.”
“Let’s not choose to be complacent about this dark reality. We had demanded the support of men from around the country and we continue to seek the support of all men in Fiji towards the protection and safety of women in our country,” Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre co-ordinator Shamima Ali said. “Men should learn to change their behaviour and treatment towards women and this need to be addressed in all levels of society.”