16 Jul 2015

Solomons Council of Women condemns sentence

8:34 am on 16 July 2015

The Solomon Islands National Council of Women says the sentence handed to a man for sexually abusing his daughter is a slap in the face for the victims of sexual violence in the country.

The Honiara Magistrates Court last week sentenced the father to two-and-a half years in prison for sexually abusing his 10-year-old daughter.

The President of the Council, Ella Kauhue, has condemned the court decision, saying the sentence makes a mockery of the country's justice system.

She says the two-and-a-half year jail sentence is meaningless and shallow because the life of a 10 year-old child has been damaged.

She says the government needs to come down hard on perpetrators of these kinds of sexual offences.

PACNEWS says Solomon Islands has one of the world's highest cases of sexual violence against women and girls.

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