Nikisha Nisha to PM: We need harsher penalities for rapists
While students her age are perhaps thinking of the upcoming Coca-cola Games and the hype that awaits, Nikisha Nisha thought of a much more serious topic that continues to rock our nation. The Year 13 student of Savusavu Secondary School asked the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama for a review on the maximum sentence penalty for rape. Nikisha met Mr Bainimarama when he visited the school yesterday. He encouraged students to exercise their voting rights in 2018 and also assessed damages in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Winston. During the discussion, Mr Bainimarama asked students to talk about things they wanted to see change in the nation. “You tell me what you want or what changes you hope to see in the future or what can be done,” the Prime Minister urged the students. Within seconds, Nikisha stood up and told Mr Bainimarama that she was shaken by the numerous rape incidences here. “The Fijian law on offenders who rape innocent girls is lenient and I hope the Government can implement harsher punishment like death penalty,” Nikisha said. Nikisha claimed she had posted a letter on the Fijian Government Facebook page giving her opinion on what she felt about rape and what may be done. Mr Bainimarama said he would follow up on her request. “I agree with Nikisha that rape cases is increasing in Fiji and her request for changing the law is something that must be looked into at a more deeper level,” Mr Bainimarama told the students. An emotional Nikisha told Fiji
Sun she was prompted to speak on the topic as she was a victim of sexual harassment. “In 2012 while I was having my shower at home, one of my close family members was watching me through a small opening on the wall,” Nikisha said. “Although he is no longer staying with us I still live with this memory and whenever I see him I can only cry. “My mother who always reads the Bible has been encouraging me to pray to God and ask him to give me strength,” the second eldest of four siblings said. “From that time I have been praying to God to give me the opportunity to talk to Mr Bainimarama face to face and ask him to change the law.”
Savusavu Secondary School Year 13 student Nikisha Nisha talks with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the school yesterday.