28 Jun 2006

Rapes shut PNG campus

7:52 pm on 28 June 2006

A campus of Papua New Guinea's Divine Word University has been shut down after the rape of two students.

The Kainantu campus in Eastern Highlands withdrew all 56 students back to the safety of the main Madang campus within a day of the rapes last weekend.

The Pacnews agency reports the University President, Father Jan Czuba, as saying that until the security situation reached the satisfactory standard of the university, the Kainantu campus will remain closed.

He says the students are currently receiving counselling and rehabilitation from professional staff on the Madang campus.

The president says the onus on whether the campus re-opens is on the people of Kainantu and the Eastern Highlands provincial government.

A group of criminals, thought to be prison escapees, had terrorised residents of Kainantu and the Kainantu Hospital before entering the Divine Word campus where they abducted and raped the two students.