9 Sep 2010

PNG Deputy CJ calls for action on cult activities in schools

6:36 pm on 9 September 2010

Papua New Guinea's Deputy Chief Justice Gibbs Salika has called on the Education Department and authorities to address cult activities in schools.

These cult practices involve initiation ceremonies where a new follower is asked to perform certain rituals before being allowed in to a group, which often includes the newcomer being assaulted by other members of the group.

The Post Courier newspaper reports that Justice Salika made this comment when sentencing a student who was found guilty of murdering another student while practising this illegal activity in 2007.

A Grade 8 student from Southern Highlands Province was given a four year suspended prison sentence.