06 November 2013

Domestic violence continues to plague East Timorese society with 514 cases registered so far in 2013

ETLJB 06 November 2012 - Domestic violence continues to plague East Timorese society with 541 cases registered with the Criminal Investigation Service in the first nine months of this year.

Member of Parliament Bendita Magno encouraged women to complain to the police when they see or become victims of domestic violence, because it’s crime.

According to a report in The Dili Weekly, the Acting Chief of the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) Criminal Investigation Service, Chief Inspector Manuel Alves, said the 514 cases involved violence between husbands and wives, fathers and sons and mothers and daughters.

“Now those cases have already been handed over to the Public Prosecutor,” said Chief Inspector Alves recently in his office.

He also added that the number of domestic violence cases this year was about the same as last year.

Meanwhile Member of Parliament Bendita Magno said it looked like the number of domestic violence complaints increased every month and every year, which showed people used their conscience to reveal what was happening.

MP Magno appealed for the community to stop committing domestic violence or any violence. Source: The Dili Weekly 05 November 2013 Original story written by Venidora Oliveira Edited by Warren L. Wright 

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