THE police have issued a stern warning against people who are contemptuous towards transvestites in the North.
And those caught can be made answerable to the law.
Divisional police commander Northern SSP Naulumatua Lutunacaucau sounded the advice following complaints lodged by a sexual minority in Labasa, who is a member of the Rainbow Pride Foundation.
"No one has the right to ridicule or pass bad remarks or gestures about the sexual minority group," SSP Lutunacaucau said.
"They have the right and freedom to live like a normal Fijian. For this case, we conducted our investigation and handled the matter appropriately.
"In most cases, this sort of complaints fall under the offence of annoyance of persons. We have been inundated with such offences in which we take actions accordingly."
Meanwhile, SSP Lutunacaucau said those who also feel intimidated by gestures and actions made by other people could also lodge their complaints with police.
Founding director of the foundation Isikeli Vulavou said it was about time transvestites in the North voiced their concerns.
"With this being highlighted, the story can also empower those who go through the same treatment and help them air their concerns out to the open," he said.
"People should know that the law exists and we will take legal redress if we are humiliated in public. The foundation advocates for a Fiji that respects, protects, upholds, promotes and fulfils every rights and freedom, including holistic development of the Fijian people of diverse sexual orientation, gender identities and gender expression."