Assistant Minister for iTaukei Affairs Selai Adimaitoga is urging the people of Bua to rise up and take action against the increase in rape cases that our young people are committing nowadays.
Adimaitoga highlighted this while opening the Bua Provincial Council meeting today in Nabouwalu and adds that in May this year 28 young people were charged with 58 different cases of violence, rape and assault.
She says from the 58 cases that were recorded by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, a 13-year-old boy raped and assaulted a 6-year-old girl.
She adds that these two children attended the same school and also come from the same village.
Adimaitoga stated that there were 19 cases where the victim was below the age of 19 years.
She says two fathers aged 27 and 47 years were charged with raping their own daughters who were aged 4 and 17 years while another 48 year old man was charged with raping two of his granddaughters aged 6 and 7 years.
Adimaitoga questioned the people of Bua on where their children will turn to if this continues since parents are charged with the responsibility of protecting their children.
She says the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation is working with other organizations to minimize this issue.
The Assistant Minister says that if parents and guardians play their role responsibly then children would not get into such activities that would cause harm to others.