Police warn parents – Pinching, slapping your children can land you in jail

Children of Nakorolevu Village in Namara, Tailevu take a moment of silence with lit candles to commemorate those who lost their lives to violence. They were part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women campaign organised by Medical Services Pacific yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

Police have issued a warning to iTaukei parents that “pinching their children” by way of discipline could land them on the wrong side of the law.

This was highlighted by Nausori Community Policing coordinator police Insp Alisi Wainikula during the launch of the 16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women campaign at Nakorolevu Village in Namara, Tailevu yesterday.

She said the district of Namara came under Tailevu South and between January and October this year, the area recorded 30 cases of domestic violence against children compared with 36 for the same period last year.

“The issue with iTaukei parents is they use corporal punishment to discipline their children,” Insp Wainikula said.

“They are fond of slapping or pinching their children. “You can be arrested by police if the matter is reported to us. “It is simple, if you hit your children and they come to us, you can be arrested, children are protected by law.” Inflicting violence on children, she said, was not the right way to discipline them.

“We also urge parents, I guess you are all aware of what is happening nowadays, times have changed and we can’t even trust our own family to protect our own children. A lot of these issues are happening right at home.”

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