By PNG Echo
With her nephew dead in the driver’s seat of the car from a gun shot wound and another man wounded and bleeding following a police chase, Londe Pindia was dragged, resisting, from the back seat of the same car by police at the scene.
She was afraid. In particular she feared being raped by the police.
But run-of-the-mill rape wasn’t depraved enough for this creature who was being paid to uphold the law.
Londe was ordered to lie down and open her mouth while he urinated into it and ordered her to drink it.
This incident brings up a plethora of issues about police brutality and the undisciplined nature of PNGs ‘disciplinary’ forces. (There ensued gun battles and retaliation by the military against the police as the two young men in the car were soldiers.)
But the incident also brings up, once again, the plight of women in PNG because the only way that this inhuman incident could have occurred is for the perpetrator to have believed that his victim was less than human and less than an animal for which he would have had more respect.
Raising the status of women
Many good people are trying to address the problem of violence against women in PNG and most agree it will take a multi-faceted approach and a gargantuan effort.
I am of the opinion that a large part of the solution lies with raising the status of women – especially in the eyes of men but also in the eyes of women themselves.
An efficient way of doing this it to have very visible women leaders for all Papua New Guineans to look up to – doing the same job as the parliamentary ‘Bik Men’
Yes, to sponsor women into the corridors of power at Waigani as Members of Parliament and Ministers of the State.
For it is only when the prestige of women is at the point that committing atrocities against her become unthinkable because of her status that things will start to change. The problem needs an attitudinal shift and this would provide it.