Domestic violence increasing, says Police

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By ALPHONSE PORAU
CASES of domestic violence reported in the suburbs of Waigani are alarming and need to be addressed, an officer says.
Chief Sergeant Andrew Geluwa of the Waigani police station said at least 25 cases were reported to the station each day.
“There are lots of reported cases of domestic violence in other stations but for Waigani alone, it is scary,” he said.
“It is at an alarming rate and we have to do something to address it because the media do not see what is happening to the people.”
Geluwa said most of the reports received were from highlanders living around Waigani.
He said the traditional belief that men own their wives after paying bride prices was one of the reasons for the increase.
He said men attacked their wives after paying the bride price without realising that wife-bashing was a crime.
Senior Constable Marlton Bessie said the figures were alarming.
“In 2016, when we looked at the statistic in the first two months, it was terrible. Every day, we are receiving reports of about 25 cases,” Bessie said.
“That happens every single day in a week and it is scary to see that most of the cases received from the front desk all are related to family issues, whether it is assault or rape.”

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