January 24, 2017 10:12 pm

1226 crimes against children in 2016, 57 against kids aged 5 years and younger

Police have revealed alarming statistics on offences committed against children, with the youngest victims aged between 3 to 5 months and were victims of assault.

According to Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho, female victims between the ages of 3 and 17 made up 37% of all rape cases reported in 2016.

Offences against Children by Age group - Fiji Police.
Offences against Children by Age group – Fiji Police.

Females were mostly victims of rape, defilement, abduction and assault causing actual bodily harm while males were mostly victims of assault offences.

QILIHO: “Considering men are the main offenders in serious crimes against women and children, there is an urgent need to find out why this is so and nip it in the bud, as our women and children have a right to feel safe.”

There were 57 recorded crimes against children under the age of five, of which 12 were domestic in nature.  These included:

  • 8 Assault causing actual bodily harm
  • 1 Manslaughter 1 Common Assault
  • 1 Common Assault
  • 1 Criminal Intimidation
  • 1 Failure to provide necessities of life

The Commissioner said that it was alarming that young children were falling victims to crimes which were both physical and sexual in nature.