16 May 2014

Fiji women told to dress modestly to curb sex crimes

1:37 pm on 16 May 2014

The Minister for Women in Fiji has urged females to dress modestly to help men in the national campaign to cut down sex crimes.

The Fiji Sun reports Jiko Luveni as saying what women wear can be misconstrued and send out the wrong signal to sexual predators.

Dr Luveni says if a girl is going out to drink with men in an isolated area wearing clothes that show off her body, she may be arousing the opposite sex and inviting trouble.

She says while women have a right to choose what they wear, they can help themselves by making that choice responsibly.

Dr Luveni, who has spearheaded the setting up of violence-free communities and villages, says the campaign to stamp out violence against women and children and sexual abuse has so far been successful.

She says the police reports show the crime rate has dropped.