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Akbar: Men drag and beat women under zero tolerance signboards

Strange reports have surfaced where men have dragged women under zero tolerance signboards to beat them underneath the boards. This was revealed in parliament by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation while delivering her ministerial statement this afternoon on “Domestic Violence Against Women”. AKBAR: “Strange reports have came to us as well even […]

Peni Shute

June 1, 2016 2:23 pm

Strange reports have surfaced where men have dragged women under zero tolerance signboards to beat them underneath the boards.

The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Hon. Rosy Akbar and Opposition MP Hon. Salote Radrodro. (Peni Shute/Newswire)
The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Hon. Rosy Akbar and Opposition MP Hon. Salote Radrodro. (Peni Shute/Newswire)

This was revealed in parliament by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation while delivering her ministerial statement this afternoon on “Domestic Violence Against Women”.

AKBAR: “Strange reports have came to us as well even where the community commits to keep it violence free, we have had incidents where men have dragged women right under the zero tolerance boards and beaten them up, so that is the attitude we need to change.”

Hon. Akbar said that government can not legislate to force men to change their attitudes but men need to take their individual responsibility to change their attitude.

AKBAR: “We have a long way to go not only in changing the attitudes of men but also changing the community attitudes including women. I want to make a plea to every Fijian men to take a good look at him self and ask the folowing question am I doing everything I can to show respect to the women around me? am I being a real man?.”

Hon. Akbar said that a 24 hour “Domestic Violence Helpline Service” will be established where people who experience or witness domestic violence can talk to trained counselors.

In response, Opposition MP Hon. Salote Radrodro said Hon. Akbar’s statements are only a lip service.

RADRODRO: “We may have had progress in terms of the legislation and programs like the zero tolerance programs but the implementation of all these speaks for itself, every day we hear about the high rate of violence against women and children and all we’ve heard from the Honourable Minister is what we know.

“What I was listening to hear is what are the new policy initiatives, what are the new programs, what are the new resources that you are going to request from the Minister of Finance, I was expecting to hear that you will request for a million dollars more from the 2017 budget.”

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