The National – Wednesday, June 15, 2011
RECENTLY, I visited my hometown Mendi in Southern Highlands after being away from the country.
I found the law and order situation frightening.
Crime and violence in the town is rife and rampant.
The much anticipated developments are supposed to alleviate the majority from poverty is, thus far, a dream.
Hundreds of school-aged children still roam the streets and villages with a number of schools closed or destroyed.
Corruption continues to hinder development.
There is a lack of infrastructure and creation of micro-economic activities.
The elected leaders have politicised the delivery of services and all they deliver is a political rhetoric.
One of the scenes I witnessed at 1.15pm on May 23 was a clear indication of the lack of respect for the law by a sick-minded minority.
Right in the heart of Mendi town bus stop, an elderly woman stabbed a young girl suspected of having an affair with her husband a policeman.
Having pity on the young girl, I followed the crowd to the police station as the victim went to lay her complaint despite bleeding profusely.
The culprit who committed the crime walked around as if she had done nothing.
To my dismay, the police officers just stood by and no-one attempted to assist the victim.
All they did was to look on while a woman officer in plainclothes came out and screamed at the girl: “Emi no haus sik, nogat ambulens, karim em go long sampela hap” (This is not an hospital, there is no ambulance, take her somewhere).
About 20 minutes later, another woman came rushing to the police station with a bleeding head.
The elderly woman had hit this woman with a rock.
There was only one police vehicle and an old policeman opted to mind his own business by wiping the vehicle.
Two policemen who were standing beside the police vehicle did nothing.
With my patience running out, I told the officers that the culprit was still around and they should pick her up.
They looked at me and said their vehicle was ready to leave for Nipa and it was not their problem.
Now, if this was not the policemen’s problem, whose problem is it?
I have the number plate of the police car and took a photo of the officers who were so ignorant and stubborn to attend to the crime scene and write a report.
I am embarrassed with such unprofessional conduct by some of these police officers.
I wonder when they will learn to be proactive and responsible in curbing the escalating violence and crime.
I suggest they stop pretending to be dumb and stupid.
Paraeels Naisi Ramex