6 Dec 2011

Fiji police say they are there to protect women

8:01 pm on 6 December 2011

The police in Fiji say they are taking a leading role in efforts to stop violence against women.

The police have been involved in a number of activities taking place throughout Fiji to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, an international campaign.

The officer in charge of the Namaka police district in Nadi, Petero Tuinirarama, recently formed a committee on the elimination of violence against women.

The Nadi based inter-agency committee, has organised a workshop to discuss the issue, and Mr Tuinirarama says women can feel confident that the police are there to protect them.

"Now, it's quite clear, the woman will be safe, the police will be taking the leading role in making all efforts in stopping all the violence and making the woman to be safe and willingly and openly come to the police to complain about any kind of violence done to them."

Petero Tuinirarama, head of the Namaka police district.