Bainimarama supports idea of introducing corporal punishment for convicted rapists

FijiFirst party leader, Voreqe Bainimarama speaks to supporters at a campaign rally in Nabua last night. Picture: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

FIJIFirst party leader Voreqe Bainimarama has supported the idea of introducing corporal punishment for convicted rapists in the country.

Mr Bainimarama publicly showed his support for the idea after a concerned citizen, Kinivuwai Nayacalevu, 59, suggested to the Prime Minister at a campaign rally in Nabua that it could be the best solution to decrease rape and sexual assault on women.

Speaking in iTaukei, Mr Nayacalevu said cases of rape and sexual assault on women reported in the media daily was disturbing and unacceptable.

Mr Nayacalevu added that jail sentences handed down to convicted rapists were not enough to make them realise the damage they have done on a young girl’s life.

Responding in iTaukei language, Mr Bainimarama said he supported the idea and that talks were underway between him and the Fiji Corrections Service Commissioner to implement corporal punishment in correctional facilities around the country.

*Detailed report in tomorrow’s The Fiji Times and on our e-edition. 

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