Police and members of the Lae’s East Taraka community yesterday began a hunt for three suspects wanted for the rape of a Lae nurse on Saturday.
This came after one suspect turned himself in on Monday hours after Angau hospital staff staged a sit in strike and demanded the arrest of the rapists within 48 hours. The other was arrested by police yesterday.
The first suspect known only as “Nimo” has given the names and details of three others.
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As in many urban communities, when crimes are committed, there’s always somebody who knows the troublemakers. The reaction from the community has been one of outrage.
Heads were shaken and the disgust and the anger on the faces of both young and old was clear as the police officer in charge called out the names of three young men who broke into the nurse’s home.
Those present at the meeting know them. They know their parents and they know where they live.
“We have to bring that boy (Nimo) here and ask him,” said one community leader. “If he doesn’t cooperate we’ll burn down his house.”
The East Taraka suburb is known for all the wrong reasons. This was once home. My parents lived in this neighborhood. They were assaulted and robbed in the first years of residence. But as the years went by, my dad who helped out in the neighborhood church, got to work with some of the youths who stole his shoes and our television previously.
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If you live there long enough, you understand it’s a close knit community. You can’t run and you can’t hide if you commit a crime like rape.
Cases of sexual assault should grab attention of any decent law abiding community.
But many other instances of rape throughout the country, parents and relatives of the victims seek compensation and those responsible go unpunished.
This case has grabbed attention only because the victims colleagues have stood up for her, closed a public hospital and demanded action from authorities.
Do I hear some political murmur for stricter penalties? Maybe the death penalty? Apart from Gary Juffa, the political silence has been deafening!