The child was brutally tortured two weeks ago following accusations of sorcery (sanguma).
Acting provincial police commander, Epenes Nili, told Loop PNG that their three separate trips to the remote Tukusanda village proved to be fruitless.
“The people were reluctant to help police,” says Nili.
“We went back second time, third time… no positive response from the community. This makes our job very difficult.”
However, the acting commander was thankful that the little girl is now in a stable condition following her rescue on November 16.
Meanwhile, Nili says a unit has been set up to deal with sorcery accusation related violence.
“But we really need resources, especially vehicles.”
He states that arrests can be effected immediately if vehicles are available to attend to reported incidents.
Meantime, police are conducting awareness in villages whenever they can.