Girl, 18, jumps off car in fear of teacher

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The fa­ther of a teenage girl in Labasa is cry­ing out for jus­tice af­ter he learnt of his daugh­ter’s hor­rific and painful ex­pe­ri­ence.

It is al­leged that Aliya Dean, of Soa­soa, Labasa, had jumped off a mov­ing ve­hi­cle, which was driven by a school teacher who had failed to stop de­spite nu­mer­ous re­quests from her to do so. Aliya Dean, now lies at the Labasa Hos­pi­tal with a neck brace and suf­fer­ing mul­ti­ple in­juries. Fa­ther Sahif Dean, 47, said: “I am very an­gry. How can a teacher, who is sup­posed to be a guardian, ask a girl for a 10-minute ride.

“Aliya is in great pain; her back is scratched, there is a deep cut at the back of the head, some of her fin­gers are in­jured, she has nu­mer­ous cuts and bruises on her arms and legs. “The school term hasn’t even ended and this in­ci­dent happened to my youngest daugh­ter.

“I want jus­tice; no fa­ther de­serves to see his daugh­ter suf­fer on a hos­pi­tal bed,” the fish­er­man said. With tears flow­ing Aliya told Fiji

Sun she had jumped out of the ve­hi­cle be­cause she was afraid. It is al­leged that the school teacher who had picked her up and of­fered to drive her home, had wanted to take her for a 10-minute drive.

“Af­ter the prize­giv­ing at the school on Wed­nes­day I went to my sis­ter’s house at Vulovi,” Aliya said. “At around 2.30pm I came out of her house and stood on the road­side wait­ing for a bus. She said a teacher stopped and of­fered her a lift. He said he was go­ing home and could drop me along the way. I said no, but then he kept on in­sist­ing, she said. “When I reached my junc­tion, I asked him to stop. He re­fused to stop say­ing let’s go for a 10-minute ride.

He said he was go­ing home and could drop me along the way. I said no, but then he kept on in­sist­ing. When I reached my junc­tion, I asked him to stop. He re­fused to stop say­ing let’s go for a 10-minute ride. I said no and warned him that if he will not stop the car I will jump out. When I said the sec­ond time to stop, he in­creased the speed of the ve­hi­cle. I got afraid and said the third time to stop. I then jumped out of the ve­hi­cle.

“I said no and warned him that if he will not stop the car I will jump out. When I said the sec­ond time to stop, he in­creased the speed of the ve­hi­cle. I got afraid and said the third time to stop. I then jumped out of the ve­hi­cle.” Wit­ness Waisea Maku­lau, 52, who was driv­ing be­hind told Fiji Sun that he saw the girl jump out of the ve­hi­cle. “I sus­pected some­thing was wrong by the move­ment of the ve­hi­cle,” the farmer said. “When I saw the girl jump out of the ve­hi­cle I stopped to as­sist her and quickly brought her to hos­pi­tal.” The Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion, Ma­hen­dra Reddy, said he was aware of the al­leged in­ci­dent. “We have sus­pended the teacher and will in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter to de­cide the next course of ac­tion to take,” Mr Reddy said. Po­lice spokesper­son Ana Naisoro said they were still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter.

“A 42-year-old school teacher, while con­vey­ing home re­fused to stop at the 18-year-old stu­dent’s stop and tried to per­suade her to go with him for a ride,” Ms Naisoro said. “The vic­tim man­aged to jump out of the said ve­hi­cle and was con­veyed to the hos­pi­tal by an­other driver in an­other ve­hi­cle, who felt the other driver was act­ing in a sus­pi­cious man­ner.” Fiji Teach­ers Union (FTU) gen­eral

Aliya Dean Vic­tim

sec­re­tary Agni Singh said Po­lice must take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion.

“If the teacher is found guilty he should be given the max­i­mum penalty and no sym­pa­thy should be given,” Mr Singh said.

“We don’t tol­er­ate such kind of ac­tion. There is a breach of trust of stu­dent, par­ents and com­mu­ni­ties. Such peo­ple don’t have a place in the teach­ing pro­fes­sion. They are to pro­tect the stu­dents and not prey on them. Teach­ers should treat stu­dent like sib­lings or sons or daugh­ters.” Edited by Naisa Koroi

Photo: Shratika Naidu

Fa­ther, Sahif Dean (left), with Waisea Bokula point­ing to the spot where Aliya Dean was picked up by the school teacher at Vulovi in Labasa.

Photo: Shratika Naidu

Aliya Dean is ad­mit­ted at the Labasa Hos­pi­tal.

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