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Captive!

Luke Rawalai
Sunday, June 08, 2014

A TEENAGE girl who was allegedly kidnapped by her biological father and reported missing last week has been found.

Divisional police commander northern Senior Superintendent of Police Naulumatua Lutunacaucau yesterday said the girl, who was from Tukavesi Village, was found locked up in a temporary shelter after police team had combed the area.

"She was located at Nadogo farm in Loa Village, Buca Bay at 11:40 am on Friday," he said.

"The girl has been returned to her relatives after being questioned while her father is currently in custody at the Tukavesi Police Station.

"The victim resided with her biological mother and stepfather at Tukavesi Village before the incident happened."

SSP Lutunacaucau said the girl was yet to be medically examined to determine whether she was abused during her captivity.

"The girl went missing on May 31 and she has been in captivity for the past six days.

"We cannot lay charges against the father of the victim as we are awaiting medical reports.

"Our officers in Tukavesi are also confirming the father's alibi and still in the process of interrogation. Once this is completed then only can we lay charges on the father of the girl.

"However, he has been held in custody under the allegation of abduction of a girl below the age of 18 years," said SSP Lutunacaucau.

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said parents in estranged relationships should not take drastic actions but instead maintain the welfare of their children at all times.

"Children do not deserve to be given such inhumane treatments and all parents whether they are in an estranged or a successful relationship need to be responsible for their child's safety," he said

Save The Children Fiji CEO Raijieli Nicole said she was shocked to hear about the incident.

Ms Nicole said the organisation would not focus a lot on the penalisation of either parents or the child but they would ensure all parties to the incident were given support at the community level.

She also voiced her concern on the need for authorities to consider taking the appropriate measures and work with the rightful organisations when dealing with the victim.

"The girl has been returned to her relatives after being questioned while her father is currently in custody at the Tukavesi Police Station.

"The victim resided with her biological mother and stepfather at Tukavesi Village before the incident happened."

SSP Lutunacaucau said the girl was yet to be medically examined to determine whether she was abused during her captivity.

"The girl went missing on May 31 and she has been in captivity for the past six days.

"We cannot lay charges against the father of the victim as we are awaiting medical reports.

"Our officers in Tukavesi are also confirming the father's alibi and still in the process of interrogation. Once this is completed then only can we lay charges on the father of the girl.

"However, he has been held in custody under the allegation of abduction of a girl below the age of 18 years," said SSP Lutunacaucau.

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said parents in estranged relationships should not take drastic actions but instead maintain the welfare of their children at all times.

"Children do not deserve to be given such inhumane treatments and all parents whether they are in an estranged or a successful relationship need to be responsible for their child's safety," he said

Save The Children Fiji CEO Raijieli Nicole said she was shocked to hear about the incident.

Ms Nicole said the organisation would not focus a lot on the penalisation of either parents or the child but they would ensure all parties to the incident were given support at the community level.

She also voiced her concern on the need for authorities to consider taking the appropriate measures and work with the rightful organisations when dealing with the victim.


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