Girl, 18, jumps off car in fear of teacher
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
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.
Aliya Dean is admitted at the Labasa Hospital.