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Two in one week

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, February 16, 2013

Police are investigating the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl in the Northern Division last weekend.

In a period of a week, two more cases of alleged rape have been reported to police with the first being a gang rape involving four men and the second of a 13-year-old girl.

The division has today recorded 15 cases so far, two more than the figure recorded last Thursday.

Northern divisional police commander Acting Senior Superintendent of Police Fulori Rainibogi said the girl was allegedly raped by a 30-year-old man of the same area last week.

"The suspect is in custody and is being interrogated before charges are laid against him," said Acting SSP Rainibogi.

"We will continue to stress to the people the need to protect our women and children as those caught will be dealt with," she said.

Police have again called on parents to be more responsible and know the whereabouts of their children.

Acting SSP Rainibogi said the role of the police was to take preventative measures through awareness programs and act according to the law in making arrests.

"We continue to stress to parents the importance of their role because we witness every now and then how neglectful they are in performing their role as guardians.

"Children are still being seen around town after hours and they are still scattered in places where they should not be and this is why we are stressing the need for parents to take responsibility of their young ones.

"Various groups have also been talking about how we should focus more on tracking down and prosecuting offenders instead of warning parents every now and then to protect their children," said Acting SSP Rainibogi.

Acting SSP Rainibogi assured the public that the police were working within the ambits of the law to prosecute offenders.

"We cannot work alone, we need the input from the public and the various institutions of society to combat this social evil," she said.





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