7 Nov 2007

Post Courier maintains pressure on MPs over domestic violence

4:16 pm on 7 November 2007

Papua New Guinea's leading daily newspaper, the Post Courier, intends maintaining its campaign highlighting domestic violence until the country's political leaders take notice.

In recent weeks the paper has run graphic stories of the violence meted out to women, often by their husbands, and the paper says many of these people continue to go unpunished.

The campaign prompted a protest and petition to Parliament calling for action.

It was backed by the sole female MP, Dame Carol Kidu, but no other politician is supporting the call for an end to the violent treatment of women.

The Post Courier's executive editor, Oseah Philemon, says they want to see life terms for domestic violence offenders and he says the campaign will go on until the politicians act.

"They have said nothing and it is pathetic. It is absolutely pathetic for any government to ignore - not to say anything at all on such a very, very critical public issue."

Oseah Philemon

The campaign has received strong endorsement from the police commander, Commissioner Gari Baki, who says he is declaring war on the cowards, and calling on men to stand with him to ensure the safety of all women in the country.