23 Nov 2002

Papua New Guinea PM advocates corporal punishment for child criminals

9:41 am on 23 November 2002

The Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare wants to introduce corporal punishment for children who sell drugs.

Sir Michael raised the idea of caning this week in parliament following reports children were increasingly involved in crime in the troubled nation.

The prime minister said PNG should follow the lead of other nations in South-East Asia, which have turned to corporal punishment to restore discipline in society.

He says he hopes the government will support a tougher penalty to punish young people who are engaging in these kinds of activities.