An 18 year old girl chopped her father’s head clean off with a bush knife after he raped her in their home in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.
Since disclosure of the incident, residents of the village have formed a protective ring around the girl, having gone on to refuse handing her over to police on the grounds that they believed her ‘evil’ father deserved to die.
Local church leader, Pastor Lucas Kumi of the town Rang in the Western Highlands, said the entire community refuses to allow the girl to be subjected to any official investigation.
Told Pastor Kumi: ‘The people and leaders in our area went and saw the headless body of the father after the girl reported the incident to them and explained why she had killed her father.”
Pastor Kumi has since gone on to tell local media outlets that the father, in his mid-40s, raped his daughter when they were alone in their house after the mother and two other children from the family went to visit relatives for the night.
‘The father went to his daughter’s room in the night and raped her repeatedly.
‘The father wanted to rape his daughter again in the morning and that was when the young girl picked up the bush knife and chopped her father’s head off.”
‘We’ve all agreed that she is free to stay in the community because the father deserved to die.
‘The daughter did what she did because of the trauma and the evil actions of her father, so that is why we have all agreed that she remains in the community.’
Pastor Kumi said a ring of protection had been placed around the girl, who will be kept away from any official investigation.
‘The community have also agreed not to conduct any formal burial service for the father.’
The nydailynews goes on to note that the latest murder comes only one week after a former teacher was beheaded and three other villagers tortured in the same Western Highlands province after being accused of witch craft.
The 40-something woman’s body was savagely burned in Mount Hagen while her older sister and two teenage nieces were repeatedly slashed with knives, the AP reported.
The attack came just four months after another woman was similarly tied up and burned alive also for crimes of witch craft.
Crimes of rape, murder, suspected witch killings and prostitution are rife throughout Papua New Guinea and as a desperate attempt to stop the lawlessness the government recently re-introduced the death penalty for serious offences.
Reflected Miranda Forsyth, a lawyer at Australian National University, via AP:
“There’s no doubt that there are really genuine beliefs there, and in some circumstances that is what is motivating people: the belief that if they don’t kill this person, then this person is going to continue to bring death and misfortune and sickness on their village.”
Ultimately one is inclined to wonder if the girl’s special brand of justice makes her just as culpable as the acts she has accused her father of committing? Then again the fact that the town wishes to protect her is the town announcing it is willing to abet her actions as well…
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