Rape before exams

National, Normal


TWO Grade 10 students from Kundiawa Lutheran Day High School in Kundiawa, Simbu province, were arrested and charged for alleged sexual penetration on the eve of their national examination last week.
Simbu provincial police commander Supt Joseph Tondop confirmed over the weekend that the two boys raped a fellow female student during a drinking binge last week.
He said the boys were arrested and charged after the girl complained to the police that the two boys had raped her just before they sit for their final Grade 10 national examinations.
Supt Tondop said police apprehended the suspects and arrested and charged them with sexual penetration. As a result, they missed their examination last week.
“Students who drink alcohol and commit rape will have no future.
“The problem lies within every family unit, where parents have not been performing their duties well enough to raise God-fearing and law abiding students,” he said.
Supt Tondop said the students’ rape case on the eve of the national examination, which was important event on the school calendar for every student, was a direct result of lack of proper care and control to where parents failed to instill discipline in the family.
A non-governmental organisation spokesman in Kundiawa, Eric Sinebare, condemned the actions of the students, saying the student rape incident was symptom of a “sick society”.
“We need to truly instill discipline from the early life of every child in the family units for PNG to have quality people to run the affairs of the nation.
“To have short-lived celebrative mood minded people, is to head toward disaster in the future,” Mr Sinebare said.
He said students should be stopped from having alcohol parties before and after national examinations and graduation ceremonies.