Fiji Time: 1:49 PM on Saturday 28 March

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

29 acts against kids in Jan

Dawn Gibson
Monday, February 11, 2013

TWENTY-nine child abuse and neglect cases were reported last month, it has been revealed.

This figure has alarmed the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation and it has called on non-government organisations (NGOs), faith-based organisations and communities to address the issue together.

Minister Dr Jiko Luveni said the report also highlighted the issues with the different divisions within the country.

"We are deeply concerned with this report, which shows the Central Division has the highest number of sexual abuse cases recorded and Northern has more of the neglect cases," Dr Luveni said.

She said the ministry would not tolerate such dehumanising acts committed on innocent children.

Dr Luveni said NGOs and faith-based organisations needed to work with the communities and that such acts must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

"We need to identify and address the causes and inculcate family and community support to ensure the well-being and safety of children," she added.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Fiji start Hong Kong 7s with comfy win
  2. NZ take first step to defending Hong Kong sevens title
  3. Record Hong Kong kicks off with a bang
  4. Medical error
  5. DJs in the city
  6. Dining hall brings sense of comfort
  7. Province plans to visit sons, chief
  8. ITaukei inmates top numbers
  9. Lions down Reds 18-17 in Super Rugby
  10. Hurricanes beat Rebels for 6th rugby win

Top Stories this Week

  1. Miracle baby Sunday (22 Mar)
  2. Rape on duty Wednesday (25 Mar)
  3. INQUIRY: Baby given wrong injection Friday (27 Mar)
  4. All hope gone Monday (23 Mar)
  5. 'No' to adopted child Monday (23 Mar)
  6. The man who was the champ Monday (23 Mar)
  7. Kepa clarifies position Tuesday (24 Mar)
  8. HK 7s risk Thursday (26 Mar)
  9. Fiji 7s inspires college in win Wednesday (25 Mar)
  10. Strong start Friday (27 Mar)