3 Apr 2006

Compensation for rape deal in Papua New Guinea upsets senior police

10:06 am on 3 April 2006

A compensation deal allowing six men who allegedly gang-raped a 14 year-old girl to walk free has angered senior police and women's groups in Papua New Guinea.

The alleged rape took place in PNG's second largest city of Lae on March 22.

But PNG's newspaper, The National, reports, since then, a deal has been struck between the girl's relatives and the alleged rapists and their families,

Under the deal, in which local police were reportedly involved, the men will pay over a thousand US dollars to the girl's family.

But Lae city police chief Simon Kauba has angrily rejected the deal.

He says the men had allegedly broken the law and they will be prosecuted, once they are arrested.

Maria Hayes, president of Women in Politics in Morobe Province, of which Lae is the capital, say everyone involved in the compensation deal should be jailed.