18-year-old girl beheads her father after he repeatedly raped her
Papua New Guinea: An 18-year-old girl beheaded her father with a bush knife after he repeatedly raped her at their home in Papua New Guinea. According to local media reports, the teenager chopped off her father’s head in their village in the Western Highlands.
A local newspaper reported that community leaders are protecting the girl, saying the man deserved to die. The report cited a pastor as saying the 40-year-old father had three other children and raped his daughter when they were alone in the house when the mother and the other siblings visited relatives.
Pastor Luca Kumi was quoted in a report, saying that the father wanted to rape his daughter again in the morning inside the house and that was when the young girl picked up the bush knife and chopped his head off. The community leaders are refusing to hand the girl over to police.
The Pastor said that the girl did what she did because of the trauma and the evil actions of her father, so that is why the community does not want to take any action against her. Violent crime and witchcraft is rife in Papua New Guinea.
Recently last month, the government voted to revive the death penalty in a bid to deter offenders after a series of high-profile grisly incidents. Brutality against women, including domestic violence and rape, is also endemic in the country.
Local media reported that child prostitution is on the rise, particularly in the capital Port Moresby, where many new nightclubs have sprung up and young girls are increasingly being forced into the sex trade.
(With inputs from AFP)