BY NELLIE SETEPANO ( Post Courier )
Acting Prime Minister Charles Abel has condemned the ongoing occurrences of violence against women throughout Papua New Guinea.
“One of the important aspects that is affecting our culture today, one that is very upsetting and disturbing, is the violence that we continue to perpetuate against our women, particularly the violence that is happening in Papua New Guinea today, related to sorcery.
“This is happening throughout PNG, and I want to say, very clearly, that this is not part of our culture.
“The violence and the suppression of our women is not part of our culture,” he said,
He said using the excuse of sorcery, where men pick on old, vulnerable ladies, like widows, because they have some excuse or problems in their minds, they blame old, defenseless ladies is not PNG culture.
“It is only an act of cowardice, where Papua New Guinean men stand around and watch while other men torture old ladies, widows and young women, is not Papua New Guinea – that is a sick culture.
“Therefore, I want to condemn these actions, in the strongest and highest way possible. Those who perpetuate such violence against women are not men – they are cowards and bullies. If you are men, go pick on another man,” he said.
“I want those cowards to be stopped and the law to hold them to account. I am not proud to be a Papua New Guinean, when I see a Papua New Guinean man doing that to a Papua New Guinean lady,” he said.
He said such behavior is completely unacceptable and the government and all of us must do everything in our power to eradicate it.