Wong wants communities to report abuse of minors to police


POLICE Minister Jelta Wong wants communities to work with the police by reporting sexual abuses of minors.
Wong made this statement following The National’s front page report on Monday of a father who was jailed for 80 years for raping his daughter from 2004 to 2016.
The father started raping his daughter when she was a fragile six-year-old.
“I am disappointed that the abuse had gone on for 12 years and was not reported until 2016. As the Minister for Police, I cannot tolerate violence of any kind, especially against women and children,” he said.
“Unfortunately many people tend to turn a blind eye, and that allows for violence to continue for so long.”
Wong also applauded the decision by the judge to sentence the father to 80 years in prison, saying harsher penalties were needed to fight against sexual abuse of minors.
“I am calling on the public, if you know that someone is being abused, please report it to the nearest police station,” he said. “When you know about it and don’t report it, you are just as guilty as the perpetrator.”
Wong said the police could not eradicate violence without the help and support of communities, urging the people to work with police to stop all forms of violence against women and children.