Calls to scrutinise freedom of movement
THE freedom of movement should be seriously considered and if possible, laws made to restrict it, says a leading women figure in Morobe.
Anna Barnabas of the Catholic Women's Federation urged law makers to consider her suggestions, adding, it was grossly abused and often, taken advantage of.
"We need to ensure that there is control. People can travel anywhere in the country, commit a crime and then escape from police again," said Ms Barnabas.
She added that Lae had the worst case, as it was the gateway into the Highlands and to the other coastal towns, and criminals, especially have capitalized on this.
Ms Barnabas said women and children were fed up at being victims, and feel that drastic actions, were instituted.
"We cannot go on like this where, we just watch and being helpless. We also know that some of the major crimes are committed by seasoned criminals who rove between provinces and recommit again and again," said Ms Barnabas.
She added that laws were made for the greater good of the community and if that failed, there was no reason, why new laws should not be introduced.
Ms Barnabas further added that too much freedom was not good for a diverse country like Papua New Guinea, because the spirit of the laws were abused. She was speaking during the Stakeholder's Forum organised by the Law and Justice Sector.