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Eyes on parents

Serafina Silaitoga
Sunday, January 20, 2013

WHILE police may debate on whether to question parents over negligence, a village in Cakaudrove has been practising this over the past three years.

The village of Wainigadru in the district of Tawake has a crime committee that deals with issues of negligence.

Village headman Bonefasio Driti said disciplining parents who failed to supervise their children was part of the village's by-laws.

He said children were not allowed to be at the roadside alone or even in groups without the presence of any adult or parent.

Mr Driti said children were not allowed to swim alone in the tobu (pool) without being accompanied by parents or an older relative.

He added the members of the crime committee would patrol the village every night at 8pm ensuring all children were inside their homes.

"If any child or a group of children are seen in the village after 8pm, we accompany them to their homes and we also make sure that at least a parent is at home," Mr Driti said.

"Parents have been reminded not to leave their children alone at home whether in the night or day because anything can happen to anyone.

"We are not taking any risk of having our innocent children victimised by other people not even by our own villagers and that is why we have disciplinary action for parents and perpetrators are handed over to police."

Mr Driti said although there had been no serious cases such as rape, parents have been questioned over their children's injuries which could have happened while children were playing on the roadside.