17 Feb 2014

Fiji PM challenged over women beatings

2:56 pm on 17 February 2014

A Fiji businesswoman says the Prime Minister's call for men to think long and hard about the treatment of women is a complete contradiction of his past actions.

Speaking at the opening of a women's centre in Kadavu last week, Commodore Frank Bainimarama spoke out against the country's high rate of domestic violence and said real men don't hit women.

But Laisa Digitaki, who was taken from her home and severely beaten by soldiers after an anti-coup protest in 2006, says while it's positive that the Prime Minister is speaking out against domestic violence, his words ring hollow.

" My point is that he is the commander of the Fiji military forces that have been torturing and killing and maiming civilians. So my point is that he doesn't have the real heart, the good heart to be able to look after us."

Laisa Digitaki says she still wants to meet the Prime Minister to discuss her beating almost eight years ago.