Marape told to address sorcery-related killings urgently


PRIME Minister James Marape has been urged to address sorcery-related killings around the country, with five more women losing their lives in Southern Highlands in Enga.
National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop, a member of the member of the gender-based violence (GBV) coalition, said he would also ask Parliament in the March session to increase the penalty of crimes against women and girls.
Marape said he had been made aware of the incident which was being investigated by police.
Parkop said the excuse that arresting the men involved in torturing women could lead to retaliation was lame. “By this excuse, we are giving permission to this type of violent conduct and inhuman activity to continue,” Parkop said.
“I’m not going to let this go.
“We are going to make sure that people are brought to account for their unacceptable behaviour,” he said.
“We are doing nothing – only talking, talking and talking. Despite all our efforts, this violence on women and girls continue because we are not doing much.”
He thanked the police for saving the two women accused of sorcery but no one had been arrested.
He said people who watched the video saw the face of one man involved in the torture.