Villagers urged to help

Participants of the Nalawa District bose ni vanua in Ra. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Participants of the Nalawa District bose ni vanua in Ra. Picture: REINAL CHAND

VILLAGE elders in the district of Nalawa in Ra have been urged to assist authorities in reducing sexual assault and rape crimes.

While speaking at a district meeting in Matawailevu Village last Friday, the Director of Public Prosecutions acting principal legal officer Rakiraki, Josaia Niudamu, said the issue was a cause for concern for village elders.

He said the latest rape case occurred last year when five men allegedly raped a 50-year-old woman.

He said there were several cases where the crime was committed by a group of men. He said village elders should speak to their men about the consequences of these criminal acts.

Mr Niudamu said villagers needed to be taught about their roles and how they treated others.

He informed the headmen from 18 villages within the district about the consequences of breaking the law.

The State lawyer also urged the villagers to talk about cases of assault against women and children and cited a village where the practice was rife.

He said there should be a zero tolerance policy on violence against women and children in villages.