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Call to help curb crime

Jone Kalouniviti
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Divisional Police Commander Western senior superintendant of police Salacieli Naivilawasa has called on village chiefs and representatives in Ra help curb crime in the area.

Speaking at the Ra Provincial Council meeting, Mr Naivilawasa said families should focus on methods of raising children because the nature of crimes committed in Ra was changing rapidly.

"I draw your attention to the recent rape case of a tourist in Volivoli, these are things that disrupt not only the west but whole of Fiji," he said.

"I cannot be going to the communities to preach about things to do on one hand, when on the other hand our youths are committing such acts.

"This case sent ripples through the tourism industry which is our number one industry in Fiji, so we have to ask ourselves the question, who is to blame?

"We have cases of illicit drugs in the west now, in Ra we continue to take in those who commit crimes under the influence of marijuana.

"We have uncles raping nieces or grandfathers raping granddaughters.

"My plea to you today is to re-examine your family unit, we cannot fight fire with fire, we just need to guide our young people which starts from home."

Police recorded 3346 rape cases in 2013. Fifty per cent were committed in homes by relatives.


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