Kramer hopes grant will help tackle violence, abuse

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By CLIFFORD FAIPARIK
POLICE Minister Bryan Kramer says the European Union (EU) has a K70 million grant to help address domestic violence and sexual abuses against minors.
“I will seek the EU’s help to use the fund to ensure the protection and safety of our mothers and young girls. We will work hand-in-hand with the EU,” he added.
Kramer said yesterday that the people would see big changes in the conduct of policemen and officers in the next three months in terms of attitude and accountability.
“And communities must play their part to help in crime prevention, instead of harbouring criminals.”
Kramer said a good example was the rescuing of a six-year-old child who was sexually abused by a senior family member in Port Moresby with the help of a Facebook posting.
“Today (yesterday) we were able to arrest the suspect and have him charged with sexual violence. That was because a FB member took the initiative to post or tag someone who then tagged me. I brought it to the attention of the police,” he said.
“The posting provided all the details to help the police track and rescue the victim.”
Kramer said that prior to the FB post, the mother of the victim had reported the incident to the Gordon police station.
“Unfortunately, the officers said that due to no car and fuel, they could not respond. The mother was also threatened not to report the matter,” he said.
“Now the mother and victim are in the women’s safe house.”
Meanwhile, Kramer said he had asked Police Commissioner Gari Baki to submit a report on all the outstanding cases, like the 2015 Hanuabada killing, 2016 University of PNG shooting, 2017 election related killing of police officers in Enga and Southern Highlands and the 2018 burning down of the Air Niugini Dash 8 plane in Mendi.

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