25 October, 2016, 12:00 am
FIJI ranks as one of the highest perpetrating nations of violence against women in the world, says Assistant Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Veena Bhatnagar.
Speaking at a Diwali celebration in Nadi on Saturday night, Mrs Bhatnagar said as a nation, this was not something to be proud of.
“Women still uphold their qualities in being home makers, in managing the finances of the family, in supporting their husbands and children through good and worst times, in being protectors and caregivers of the elderly and disabled members of their families,” she said.
Mrs Bhatnagar said similar to stories about Sita from the Ramayan, women still faced atrocities in this day and age.
“Even after 700 million years, what hasn’t really changed is the test of fire that Ma Sita had to go through to prove her purity.
“Today, Fiji ranks as one of the highest perpetrating nations of violence against women in the world and this is nothing to be proud of.
“On one hand, we praise goddesses and on the other we inflict violence on women. There is no room for this kind of disparity.”
She said violence against women and children was a sign of evil.
She encouraged members of the public to clear their lives of such acts.
Hindus will celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, on Sunday.