Gender-based violence (GBV)

Athlete’s partner charged with grievous bodily harm

He was arrested and charged at the Boroko Police Station on Sunday 7th June.

NCD Metropolitan Superintendent, Perou N’Dranou, said the 33-year-old military officer, Murray Oa, was brought in to the Boroko Police Station on Sunday 7th June by the Military Police, for a formal arrest by the Boroko Family & Sexual Violence Unit.

He has been charged with one count of grievous bodily harm, and remains detained in the Boroko cells.

Oa was arrested and charged after Kaore laid a formal complaint with police on Saturday 6th June.

PM advocates against violence on PNG women

His statement follows the brutal beating of one of PNG’s elite athletes.

Marape said we will struggle to reach our goal of taking back PNG, leaving no one behind and making PNG the richest black Christian nation on earth if the sons of this land do not respect and beat up our women and girls.

“This is not a Melanesian thing, this is not cultural; don’t use those excuses, this is real character we are talking,” stressed the PM.

COVID-19 and GBV

Key concerns for the country include the economic impact of the pandemic and how this will affect the general population.

Senior Research Fellow at the National Research Institute, Dr Fiona Hukula, says equally important is the need to recognise the social problems that may arise as a result of the crisis.

“This includes gender-based violence,” she said in her paper entitled The potential impact of COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable groups.

Cricket PNG tackles issue of GBV

This was made possible by the signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the CPNG Office on January 22nd.

Under this MOU, CPNG will continue to tackle the issue of domestic violence against women and children by:

Policeman dismissed over alleged wife bashing

The policeman, Constable Andy Kaivi, was arrested and charged under Section 20 of the Family Protection Act after his wife, who is also a policewoman, reported that he had been constantly harassing, abusing, threatening and assaulting her.

Kaivi was alleged to have assaulted his wife on December 7 last year at about 7am at the Red Sea Police barracks at Bomana.

Police allege Kaivi, aged 34 from Wosera-Gawi, East Sepik Province, committed this offence whilst he was under the influence of alcohol.

Late Grace Gavera’s father speaks of loss

An emotional Bau Sabadi shared with media how he learnt of his daughter’s passing.

“It was hard for me. I felt lost because on the 24th (November) I was with her. She called me, we shared some kaikai and she gave me some bus fare.

“I left her at 1 o’clock. The next day 25th, when I heard that she had died, I couldn’t believe it. It was hard for me. But I had to come to the hospital. I confirmed that it was her.”

Sabadi, a policeman by profession, is a Men of Honour awardee.

Minister Eoe speaks against horrific killing

In a statement released on December 4th (yesterday), Minister Soroi Eoe said violence against women and girls is a grave violation of human rights and can be classified as a criminal offence based on the seriousness of the incident.

“But there is room to put an end if we all join our hands and voices together by addressing its root causes,” he stated.

Don’t just stand and watch!

Susan Setae made the call following the tragic death of 26-year-old Central woman, Grace Gavera, who was allegedly beaten to death by her boyfriend.

Gavera, who worked at the Accounts section of the Education Department, was rushed to the Port Moresby General Hospital last week after sustaining injuries from an alleged beating.

According to police reports, her boyfriend, from Hela Province, allegedly followed her there and took her out of the hospital, where he allegedly continued to assault her until she died.

Police nab murder suspect

Andy Paro was apprehended on November 28th at around 10.25pm at the Erima Settlement in the National Capital District.

Paro, who hails from Hetani Village, Koroba/Kopiago in the Hela Province, was alleged to have assaulted his 26-year-old girlfriend at Erima in the early hours of November 26th.

Gavera, who worked at the Accounts section of the Education Department, rented a place at Erima. According to the landlord, Paro came at around 2am on November 26th and began arguing with her and allegedly started beating her.

Education Dept condemns killing of female officer

News of the brutal killing of Central woman, Grace Gavera, who was an employee of the Education Department, went viral on social media, after she was allegedly beaten to death at Erima on Saturday by her partner.

Dr Kombra said it was unfortunate that the Department is observing the 16 Days of Activism Against ‘Gender Based Violence and Human Rights Campaign’, which runs from November 25 to December 10, when this hideous incident took place.