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'Demand justice, change'

Nasik Swami
Saturday, April 26, 2014

VIOLENCE against women and children should not be tolerated and ignored under any circumstances, says aspiring independent candidate and Be the Change advocate Roshika Deo.

In an interview, Ms Deo said sexual violence, rape, gang rape and domestic violence were not right.

"Incidents involving these should not become so commonplace that we become apathetic to it, and girls and women continue to live in fear in their own homes, streets and country," she said.

"We, as individuals, need to be concerned, worried, angry and outraged when bad things happen to others, and then we, as individuals, and as part of movements, groups, we need to demand justice, demand change and express our outrage."

Ms Deo said people should reflect on their own attitudes to these crimes and violations, to not hesitate in demanding justice and to demand a Fiji which was safe for all.

"People should ask themselves and of others, are we really going to allow women and children to be victims of heinous crimes and not do anything about it?

"Are we only going to talk about it and not translate that into action? Are we really that kind of people?"

She said it was everyone's responsibility in society to speak out against gender crimes and violence.

"A revolution requires one. Be that person. Be the Change."

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