Un­cle Al­legedly Rape 11-Year-Old Niece

Man in Po­lice cus­tody, ex­pected to be charged soon

Fiji Sun - - Nation - SHRATIKA NAIDU LABASA Edited by Paula Tu­vuki Feed­back: shratikan@fi­jisun.com.fj

Aman is ex­pected to be charged soon for al­legedly rap­ing his 11yearold niece in Bua, Vanua Levu. Po­lice spokesper­son Ana Naisoro con­firmed the sus­pect al­legedly raped his niece on four dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions be­tween Jan­uary 2015 to Au­gust 2016. “The man is in po­lice cus­tody and will be charged soon,” Ms Naisoro said. “The vic­tim has been dis­charged from the Labasa Hos­pi­tal as in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues.” North­ern Di­vi­sional Po­lice Com­man­der (DPC) Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice (SSP) con­firmed that the mat­ter was re­ported at the Nabouwalu Po­lice Sta­tion last Fri­day by a teacher at the vic­tim’s school. While the vic­tim was in school, one of her teach­ers found her be­hav­ing very dif­fer­ently. When ques­tioned the vic­tim con­fided in her teacher and re­layed all that had hap­pened over a year.

This is the sec­ond al­leged rape in­ci­dent re­ported by pri­mary school heads from Bua in three weeks. Minister for Ed­u­ca­tion, Ma­hen­dra Reddy, af­ter the ed­u­ca­tion fo­rum in Labasa last week, said all the teach­ers were told by the min­istry to be vig­i­lant. When Fi­jiSun con­tacted Mr Reddy yes­ter­day, he said school heads have been trained on how to as­sist students who have been vic­timised.

“As soon as teach­ers re­ceive in­for­ma­tion from their students or vic­tim they in­form the head­teacher or prin­ci­pal who then in­form the re­spec­tive ed­u­ca­tion district of­fice, near­est Po­lice Sta­tion and so­cial wel­fare de­part­ment,” Mr Reddy said. “We will surely in­vest more on coun­selling at schools to as­sist vul­ner­a­ble students to open up to their teach­ers,” he said.

“We do not con­done crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties.”

We will surely in­vest more on coun­selling at schools to as­sist vul­ner­a­ble students to open up to their teach­ers. We do not con­done crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ma­hen­dra Reddy

Minister for Ed­u­ca­tion

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