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PM delivers strong message against domestic violence

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama urged all Fijians to act against domestic violence. “I would like to remind all of us that we must never abuse our women and children, hurt or intimidate them,” the Prime Minister said in Vanua Levu yesterday. I would like remind all of us to commit ourselves to social progress to ending […]

Peni Shute

January 13, 2016 5:17 am

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama urged all Fijians to act against domestic violence.

“I would like to remind all of us that we must never abuse our women and children, hurt or intimidate them,” the Prime Minister said in Vanua Levu yesterday.

I would like remind all of us to commit ourselves to social progress to ending the scourge of rape and domestic violence in Fiji, the Prime Minister said.

We must stop these acts from happening. And when someone even thinks of committing these terrible acts of violence, shame them. Because it is wrong, terribly wrong, and that is the only way it will stop.

Statistics revealed last month indicated that about 43 women are injured as a result of domestic violence in Fiji on a daily basis. This is according to a Fiji Women’s Crisis Center Survey in 2015.

Our laws punish these crimes severely; however, we need to create a culture without our society that does not condone such acts.

The Prime Minister ended last year speaking out about domestic violence and violence against women and children, and promised to mention it at every opportunity. A subject of great importance to him as a Fijian.

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