The rape allegedly took place inside the Lekutu Mosque in Bua. The local Muslim community in Lekutu were so enraged that they tried to lynch the Maulana but rapid action by Police and native Fijian men saved him. The Maulana was transferred to Labasa for questioning and charges to be laid - the community says the alleged rape took place two weeks ago but neither the media have reported nor Fiji Police have released the details so they have turned to Fijileaks to seek answers from Police
The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation is urging pregnant women, especially young mothers, to seek counselling services and State assistance.
This follows the case of the two day-old baby who was abandoned at St Christopher’s Home in Nakasi last week. While visiting the baby at CWM Hospital in Suva this week, the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Rosy Akbar said the Ministry will not condone any cases where a child’s safety and wellbeing is being compromised.
“I have seen the baby and she is under medical observation at the CWM hospital. As per the state law, this Ministry is the legal custodian of the child who is abandoned. A court order has to be obtained before the child is placed into Residential Care Homes”, the Minister said.
“The Ministry is just waiting for the baby to be discharged from the hospital. After which the child will be taken to the Residential Care Home and she will be kept there till the time we are able to locate her mother. The police investigations continue and I must reiterate that this is a very sad case, Ministry doesn’t condone such acts where babies are abandoned and left at the doorsteps.”
Minister Akbar said that there are avenues through which young expectant mothers who may go through difficulties can be assisted.
“For those who think they would not be able to look after the baby, this is not the solution. They can seek help from their nearest social welfare offices and we will try and help them but we will not condone mothers giving birth and leaving babies on doorsteps.
“The Ministry also offers counselling services and there are agencies like the Ministry of Health that can offer assistance in such cases. In this case, once the mother is located, the Ministry will provide her with counselling services and look at possible ways through which she and the child both can be assisted. However, we will not release the child till we feel that the mother or the family in this case is capable of looking after the child,” Minister Akbar said.
Fijileaks: Baby Nabiahah Romeesah Hussein has been reunited with her family. This was confirmed by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.