PNG teen beheads father after rape

2013-06-17 08:58

Sydney - A teenage girl beheaded her father with a bush knife after he raped her at their home in Papua New Guinea, a report said on Monday, with community leaders protecting her, saying the man deserved to die.

The Post-Courier newspaper said the 18-year-old chopped her father's head clean off after he repeatedly raped her last Tuesday night in their village in the poverty-stricken Pacific nation's Western Highlands.

The report cited a pastor as saying the father, in his mid-40s, had three other children and raped his daughter when they were alone in the house after the mother and the other siblings visited relatives.

Community vowing to protect girl

Pastor Lucas Kumi said the man went to his daughter's room in the night and raped her repeatedly.

"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 her father's head off," he said.

Community leaders are now refusing to hand the girl over to police, vowing to protect her.

"The people and leaders in our area went and saw the headless body of the father after the girl reported the incident to the leaders and the people and told her story of why she had killed her father," said Kumi.

"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."

Violent crime, as well as witchcraft, is rife in Papua New Guinea with the government last month voting to revive the death penalty in a bid to deter offenders after a series of high-profile grisly incidents.

Parents force girls into prostitution

Brutality against women, including domestic violence and rape, is also endemic in the country.

Over the weekend, the Post-Courier reported that child prostitution is on the rise, particularly in the capital Port Moresby where many new nightclubs have sprung up, with young girls increasingly being forced into the sex trade.

Some are being pushed into selling themselves by their parents to help them cope with rising costs of living, it said, citing non-government organisations.

"Child prostitution is an issue so hidden from our public consciousness that the mere mention of it results in shock and denial," said one NGO.

"It's true, and it's here so we have to face it."

  • James Mabote - 2013-06-17 09:18

    Should have chopped off his penis.

      Christopher Naidoo - 2013-06-17 09:58

      Doesn't matter what head is cut off . He wont be raping again .

      Spiral - 2013-06-17 10:27

      & shoved it down his throat before cutting his head off!

      Charles Mavi - 2013-06-17 11:11


      ISO - 2013-06-17 12:06

      justice served

  • Odeale Jantjies - 2013-06-17 09:18

    I think it's right what the girl did because I would've done the same had I been in that situation.The father deserved what came to him,no mercy should be shown to rapists because what they do is vile and degrading to women.

  • Heinrich Swart - 2013-06-17 09:23

    Self defense

      Ron Weissenberg - 2013-06-17 09:36

      Self defence is the correct way to go in her case but how horrible - Whatever our personal views, this family no longer has a possible breadwinner, husband and father (and in many cases, despite the horrendous circumstances) this leaves the family worse off than before .

      Andrew Selous - 2013-06-17 10:04

      @ron,you can't be a breadwinner in jail anyway.

      markt - 2013-06-17 10:46

      @Ron - Are you trying to justify what the father did because he was the breadwinner? Would you have allowed your father to rape your sister just so that you could have had a roof over your head and some food to eat?

      Sarah Mohotlane - 2013-06-17 14:10

      so ron if it was u u were going to leave continue raping u,so u can have food?

      Cathy De Jongh - 2013-06-17 19:39

      @Ron W I would apologise for that crap comment if I were you.

  • Ruan Van Niekerk - 2013-06-17 09:23

    This poor girl. I try to imagine how she must feel now. Good for her though, he would not have stopped. I wish we could cut off all rapist's heads.

  • Zoheb Hassan - 2013-06-17 09:31

    We should learn from her seeing our justice system fails so much of rape victims..

  • Eduan Naude - 2013-06-17 09:34

    Yet again if we could only get rid of the world-wide denial by LIBERALS that the Death Penalty does work! Where do they get their proof from? I repeat there should be only ONE test and study done for implementation of the death penalty. Go and ask EVERY life prisoner for murder or rape whether he would have still done the deed had he known he could be sentenced to death if caught. If ONLY ONE such prisoner answers that he would not (and I reckon there would be many) - then the death penalty should be re-instated. It may even have deterred this father from taking the actions he did, but now we will never know. The LIBERALS will never allow such a study however, they know they will be proved wrong and so they will cling onto their beliefs which EVERYONE must suffer under.

      Paul Mark Maarman - 2013-06-17 09:52

      Its because of liberals, that lights of reason is not allowed to be put out by the right and its ilk. Sorry, I prefer my society to be progressive, and not time warp back to practices and believes of the dark ages. Prefer my world round, interracial, science based,....

      NickvanGraan - 2013-06-17 10:01

      I wonder if his head will be shrunk and put on a stick as well ..

      Eduan Naude - 2013-06-17 10:09

      Paul your logic eludes me. You say science based - please point me to the science that proves beyond a doubt that the REMOVAL of the Death Penalty (in other words NO death Penalty) has caused LESS murders in our world! Liberals may be right in other ways, but on this one you are out of line. If you can PROVE such, I will concur and accept your views.

      Paul Mark Maarman - 2013-06-17 10:31

      Eduan, you approaching the subject, from the end tale view point. Most of the ills of society, can be remedied by good education, including all the ills that we seeing in the south african context. My argument is, if we are to progress as society, the threat of punitive punishment for actions, should not be the the force that prevents us from perpetrating the crime. You should not even be considering the crime in the first place. As such, you are not addressing the issues, that is leading to the crime, so you not stopping the re occurrence. Its like putting band aid, on a infection without finding out what the cause of the infection ...

      Roy Dace - 2013-06-17 10:57

      The kinf of 'proof' you're demanding is vulnerable to ounter-arguments of the kind: Are there any cases of people found guilty and hung/elctrocuted/decapitated/whatever, where later evidence has shown them to be inoocent? Perhaps there's another way to get your 'proof': Some states in the US have the death penalty, others do not. It should be easy to find out if the murder rate in capital punishment states is proportionally lower than in non-capital punishment states.

      Norma Farmer - 2013-06-17 10:58

      Agree with your point of view. The guilty party will not be able to repeat a crime because he will be dead, so that is a deterrent.!!!

      Eduan Naude - 2013-06-17 11:03

      Correct Paul, but for the time being what do we do - allow a murder rate of approximately 20,000 per year in SA? I agree fully that education is the final answer. But you simply forget the one thing and that is the life of an innocent victim taken or ruined. What about them? I will NEVER harm another human being. But here I am talking about convicted MURDERERS / RAPISTS and their poor innocent victims. So lets do a scientific test: We have had almost 20 years of NO Death penalty in SA, in that time the murder rate has skyrocketed. Now, Lets re-introduce the Death Penalty and do a few public hangings to boot. (btw I see in this report: "in Papua New Guinea with the government last month voting to revive the death penalty in a bid to deter offenders"). It may sound drastic, but I am willing to bet that the MURDER RATE of INNOCENT VICTIMS in SA will halve within a year! Now is that not what we all want in the end - stop the killing of innocent law-abiding human beings. MURDERERS and Rapists are NOT innocent or law-abiding citizens. Btw Japan which is a highly educated and civilized society still has the death penalty, but Britain does not - so nothing proven there. Otherwise I see only one other scientific test: as pointed out in my post above. Put the current convicted murderers on a lie detector test and ask them the question. One last thing - I doubt we will ever fully understand the human mind - it is not only poor / uneducated people that commit murder / rape.

      Sh Oosh - 2013-06-17 11:15

      Why is the death penalty such a sensitive subject? If you don't want to be a victim of the death penalty don't make other people the victim of murder and rape! It won't affect you if you don't do it!!! Its all just stats anyway, you really are just a number!

      Paul Mark Maarman - 2013-06-17 11:22

      Eduan, in the end, we are but a moment in the existence of our species. We all want to significant, all want to matter, but largely we are just a number. Custodian for just a moment of the energy that is us. Anyone that thought transition from a security state,privileging a few, to an open society would be easy, would have take naivety to a new level. The legacy of our dysfunctional past, is playing out in our common day, and as this generation, we are called to carry the load, create solution, so that future ones, do not have to deal with this crap. There are a myriad facets that are at play, understanding these facets, leads to creating solutions, that not only addresses the "ill", but always cures and prevents the "ill' from reoccurring. Yes, we will never truly understand the human mind, but we all are born innocent, pure...are environment plays a large part in what ultimately we become.

      Eduan Naude - 2013-06-17 12:10

      Paul, just some more Liberal waffling if you don't mind me saying so. So 20 000 of us the innocents must just continue to be killing fodder every year for these murderous scum, who get "re-habilitated" in prison at our cost during a "life-sentence" and then re-released into society to continue THEIR lives as if nothing had happened. I am sorry but I prefer my method: Let us show them that WE mean business and place a deterrent (death penalty) in their path and with it save two lives at once. That of the victim and that of the murderer who understands the consequences. Much simpler in my opinion. I repeat: No Liberal has yet PROVEN beyond a doubt that the 'death penalty' is NOT a deterrent. I believe it is - it is NOT about revenge. We MUST end the "killing fields". As you say we were not born this way.

      Paul Mark Maarman - 2013-06-17 12:13

      Eduan, we just discussing our point of view, debating our views on life, and there is nothing wrong with that, you can even call me a liberal pansy;-) We see the world differently and see different solution, again nothing wrong with that. I am going to now, enjoy this glorious public holiday, have a good week Eduan!

      Eduan Naude - 2013-06-17 12:27

      Roy both your points are of no value: 1.) There are enough checks and balances, appeals, re-appeals in place already to ensure that the guilty are proven so without a doubt. It has been tested often enough. I am not talking about one life here, we are discussing thousands of innocents murdered and raped every year. It will of course NEVER be completely eradicated, we all know that. 2.) I already mentioned Japan and Britain as opposites regarding the death penalty, but the same approximate murder rate. It PROVES NOTHING. That is why I propose a test that would PROVE whether the death penalty is a DETERRENT or not. If ONLY ONE murderer admits that he would NOT have committed the crime because of the death penalty, it would be conclusive PROOF that it DETERRED and stopped a murder. Simple logic.

      NickvanGraan - 2013-06-17 15:39

      @John, whether it is a deterrent or not is irrelevant. It is a penalty you pay for the specific crime committed. If people choose to commit the crime knowing the penalty will apply, that is the consequence they will then have to face. If it works as deterrent, then it is an added bonus.

      Eduan Naude - 2013-06-17 19:17

      No John Christie You are talking crap! - No one has ever proven that the Death Penalty is NOT a deterrent - how would you ever know whether the Death Penalty when it still existed perhaps stopped a murderer from pulling the trigger? How many times do you want me to repeat it. I proposed a test / tests to see whether it actually is NOT a deterrent -logic does not seem to be your strong point. One thing is FACT: Since the abolition of the Death Penalty in South Africa our murder rate has skyrocketed - like it or lump it. A simple question - PROVE to me that it is NOT a deterrent before you talk further nonsense.

      Matthew Wade Burgess - 2013-10-11 21:17

      Paul come argue when its your mother, sister, wife or daughter that is raped and/or murdered

  • Andrew Selous - 2013-06-17 09:39

    rape me! i keel you!

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2013-06-17 09:41

    Well done young girl. If the government cannot introduce the death penalty we must kill these criminals ourselves.

  • Henry Smuts - 2013-06-17 09:48

    Good for her wish it happens more often then rapist would think twice before doing it to a poor innocent girl.

  • Koko Koko Momo - 2013-06-17 09:54

    U go girl

  • Janti Cloete - 2013-06-17 09:55

    I know I am going to get a lot of thumb downs here but, The leaders are idiots for not turning her over to the authorities. By now there is no way she can prove rape.... Unfortuanatly we don't know if this had happend before or that she tried to report it....

      Diran Pillay - 2013-06-17 10:31

      A simple blood test, DNA test will prove it was rape!

      Janti Cloete - 2013-06-17 15:29

      Who is going to perform the test when they refuse to turn her over? In another week there will be no evidence unless she is pregnant.

  • Pakiso Taintedsoul Motloung - 2013-06-17 10:00

    She got her own justice

  • Siluleko J Ndlela - 2013-06-17 10:11

    She's got balls i'll give her that...

  • Trudi Roos Potter - 2013-06-17 10:13

    Mooi, man!

  • Gavin Venter - 2013-06-17 10:21

    wow this dude totally lost his head the punishment fitted the crime

  • Diran Pillay - 2013-06-17 10:28

    Good, he deserves to die

  • Spiral - 2013-06-17 10:28

    GOOD!! Free bush knives to all teens being raped by pathetic excuses for men!

  • Javed Choglè - 2013-06-17 10:41

    Are we as south Africans running out of bad news here that we are focusing as to whats happening in New Zealand?

      Kevin Swazi - 2013-06-17 10:49

      Geography not your strong point neh?

  • Kevin Swazi - 2013-06-17 10:47

    Double bells for her!

  • Al Loots - 2013-06-17 10:55

    We need a tender for bush knives in SA. Good population control with so many rapists around.

  • Felican - 2013-06-17 11:32

    Oi Vai and here in South Africa a baby, girl, boy, man and woman are raped and sodomised every 26 - 36 seconds since 1994 of Democracy... So should we start beheading the perps??? You tell me????

  • Tasneem Cader - 2013-06-17 11:39

    I can understand killing him,bt chopping his head off is abit too weird...

      Wesley Swamlow - 2013-06-17 17:56

      I agree, where did she get the strenght from? It doesnt take one stab action, but lots and heavy pressure to slice a head off! A few stabs to the chest or so in a rage of anger? Anyway i dnt wana judge this girl

  • john.p.steyn - 2013-06-17 11:41

    She must face justice

  • Kasongo Teo - 2013-06-17 11:58

    what is the prove that is father did reaped her? is not mean bcz he did reaped her so that she can chop the head off

  • Alan Davis - 2013-06-17 12:32

    Well done!

  • Zakes Seema - 2013-06-17 12:51

    Give this girl a Bells!

  • Ricardo Naidoo - 2013-06-17 13:00

    you are one sick person

  • Khotso Sarele - 2013-06-17 14:53

    this must serve as example of what have tobe done to crimals by justice

  • Kingsley Ayuk - 2013-06-17 15:48

    Parent should becarefull over d sychology trauhma they cause d girl chield. The father deservel d death.

  • Robert Coughlan - 2013-06-17 15:50

    While Dad may have received his just desert, the community leaders aren't doing her any favours by preventing her from explaining her side in court.

  • Ursula Ameen - 2013-06-17 17:34

    Easy 2 say until it happens to you.

  • Ursula Ameen - 2013-06-17 17:39

    Wish her all the best!

  • Imtiaz Osman - 2013-06-17 17:55

    Bring back the death penalty

  • PeetandJenny Neethling - 2013-06-17 18:14

    I think that in all places worldwide (spesifically Africa) it has proved that there where the death penalty has been abolished, all forms of crime (but more specific murder and rape) have increased to pandemic levels never experienced in history!!!!

  • Christopher Koulouris - 2013-06-17 21:29

    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…

  • Christopher Koulouris - 2013-06-17 21:30

    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…

  • Aniel Poolaraj - 2013-06-18 02:01

    Give dat girl a bells cheers,

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