5 Feb 2013

Fiji children drowning sparks warning to parents

2:17 pm on 5 February 2013

Parents of children who drown in Fiji could face charges of negligence if there is proven insufficient supervision.

If a parent is found guilty, they could face a maximum of 25 years in prison.

The police spokesperson, Ana Naisoro, says too many children are drowning in Fiji and the onus is on parents and guardians to ensure their children are safe.

"If we can prove that the parent was in fact negligent in his or her duty to provide safety then we will explore such avenues. I know it's an added grief, they've already lost a child. But we need to send the message home that your children need to be protected, they need to be closely monitored, and you need to make the right decisions on behalf of your children because they are relying on you for their safety."

Ana Naisoro says she hopes the possibility of charges will make parents more aware of what their children are doing around water.