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Police continue investigating cases of incest and carnal knowledge of an underage girl

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 10/03/2017

2 fathers are currently under police custody alleged for0 2 different cases. One is incest and the other carnal knowledge of an underage girl.

This was confirmed to Radio Tonga by the Acting Police Superintendent of the Nuku’alofa Police Station – Tevita Vailea.

He says, the 2 different cases, includes a 57-year-old father alleged for carnal knowledge of an underage girl, a 14-year-old daughter. The 57-year-old is the victim’s stepfather.

The second case is a father who’s alleged for abusing his very own 22-year-old daughter.

Tevita says, according to investigation that’s currently underway on these cases, Police have confirmed that the mothers and family members knew about this but were not willing to report to police because of their close family ties.

He says, the Ministry is very concerned about the role mothers play regarding this kind of bad behaviors.

According to information from Police, the number of domestic violence, abuse, incest and other cases are on the rise.

In 2014 they recorded 321, more than 370 cases from 2015-2017 and this year’s figures from January to date is 46.

Police continues investigation into this matter, and Tevita Vailea says, those that this kind of crime could face a life prison sentence.            

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