The sorcery related killing in Mt. Hagen andthe rape of nurse in Lae have sparked public outrage.
People wantthe national government to enact tougher laws that will deal with criminals. Lae residents saythey’ve had enough of physical and sexual violence.
All eyes are onthe national government to put in place long term measures to addressthe problem.
Onthe streets of Lae, many want death penalty to be imposed on offenders.
The nature of crime has seen atthe second largest city of Papua New Guineahas outnumberedthe number of police manpower; and in many ofthe incidents only a few therwise none are brought to justice.
Sarah Todd, a local business woman in Lae is vocal about hoPNG criminal laws are being imposed to punish law breakers.
Papua New Guinearsquo;s record of high rate of physical and sexual abuse has attracted global attention.
Morobe’s Law and Order Chairman, Peter Namus while addressing nurses atthe Angau General Hospital on Wednesday says “it’s about time Papua New Guineashould impose tougher laws”.
Crimes committed against both men and women many times go unpunished. The problems are usually solved out of court through compensation payments and this allows offenders to go free.
This continuing trend has renderePNG’s criminal laws ineffective.
Edwin Fidelis, National EMTV News -LAE