Call for Death Penalty for Rapists

Calls for the death penalty against convicted rapist and murderers have again been drummed.

Mthers in Lae say, giventhe current threats,they are fearful oftheir daughters. 

Papua New Guineahas beenthe center of unwanted attention in recent months. The burning of a woman in Mt. Hagen andthe rape of a nurse atthe Lae’s Angau Hospital led to public outrage and international condemnation last month.

Last week, Papua New Guineahitthe headlines again. An Australian male tourist was killed and his girlfriendwas raped in Mt. Hagen, while anther American female researcher was gang rape on Karkar Island in Madang Province. Allthese happened in less than a week apart.

These have left many Papua New Guineas wanting ‘Dealth Penalty’ to be implemented.

The increase inthe reported rape cases has sparked fear amongst women inthe country.

The police have responded but haven’t been able to clamp down onthe problem in a big way. The public is in doubt if sentencing convicted rapists will endthe problem.

Police have also warned of an increase in crime in Lae city afterthe recent prison breakout of forty nine prisoners in Madang’s Beon jail and forty four atthe Lae’s Beimo jail.

Edwin Fidelis, National EMTV News_LAE

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