‘We know exactly what our husbands don’t like, yet we do it. Sometimes we women aggravate the situation; sometimes we know exactly what our husbands don’t like and then we do it; what do you expect? So we women we really need to also be aware that our husbands also have a temper” - Speaker of Parliament and former FFP president Jiko Luveni, speaking on the issue of violence against women and children during the Rishkul Sanatan College Professional Development Programme in Nasinu, reported in The Fiji Sun, 18 May 2016
Fijileaks to Luveni:
What should women do if their husbands don't like being told not to come home DRUNK, Not to BEAT THEM AND THEIR CHILDREN UP, or to stop SLEEPING with other women?
RETRACTION AND APOLOGY DEMAND from Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre's Shamima Ali: "We are appalled and alarmed at the statements made by Dr Jiko Luveni at a session at Rishikul Sanatan College yesterday. The women of the country who have died and those who struggle daily to survive domestic violence deserve an apology from the Speaker of Parliament for blaming them for the violence inflicted upon them and demeaning the experiences of survivors and victims. Dr Luveni’s remarks also downplays the 2013 Constitution which demands non‑discrimination and equal citizenry. We call for a retraction and an apology from the Speaker for what we term as insensitive and dangerous statements about the problem of violence against women."
REMEMBER what this FFP Fool Of A Speaker said about RAPE in Fiji:
Justice Bain, Fiji High Court, while upholding sex pervert and Fiji Sun Managing Editor/News Maika Bolatiki's conviction, 3 September 1997:
"The complainant was a 14 year old school girl at the time of the incident. She was one of 18 students in a classroom sitting an examination. The appellant [Maika Bolatiki] was supervising the examination. The complainant was sitting at a desk in the front row. She said that the appellant came and stood beside her on her left. She looked up and the appellant touched her breast with his left hand. She sat up and the accused slid his left hand down her stomach and right to her private part. He then rubbed her private part. He denied touching her breast or private parts. However, the actions of the appellant as described by the complainant in her evidence were something that would not necessarily have created attention. The other pupils in the room were writing their examination papers. The Appellant was standing alongside the complainant in the front row and such conduct would be expected to have been done as surreptitiously as possible...The learned Magistrate made a clear finding that he accepted the evidence of the complainant as truthful. An appellant Court would need very compelling and cogent reasons to interfere with that finding. There are no grounds to do so in this case...The appeal against conviction is dismissed"
Justice Pain, Fiji High Court, 3 September 1997
Speaker of Parliament, Doctor Jiko Luveni stressed that she does not condone violence against women and is also not blaming women for domestic violence cases.
Doctor Luveni has made this clear to Fijivillage after calls made by some women’s NGOs for the Speaker to apologize to the women in Fiji for saying that women should not aggravate the situation at home when they deal with their partners.
Doctor Luveni said she would never say that it is right for men to beat up women or children. Doctor Luveni said the full context of her presentation needs to be understood. She said that she was focusing on how everyone can prevent domestic violence. Doctor Luveni said the realities need to be understood and she is not blaming women for domestic violence. Source: Fijivillage News