29 Apr 2015

Children counselled in Fiji after alleged bashings

3:04 pm on 29 April 2015

Concerns over police brutality in Fiji have sparked again, following reports that several children witnessed an alleged beating.

Police confirm they are investigating the alleged incident in Viani, in the Cakaudrove province on Vanua Levu.

The education ministry says 10 school children had to be counselled after witnessing the alleged assault on a father of three, during a drug raid earlier this year.

The the ministry's divisional counsellor for the north, Isikeli Drevacu, says nothing can be done about the memories, and the children were clearly distressed.

"We listened to those who were affected, especially for these children who were shocked at the things that happened. That kind of experience is beyond our control, memories don't leave like people do. That kind of moment it will be there in their life, but they are now able to cope with those kinds of experience."

Isikeli Drevacu says a follow up session will be held with the children.

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