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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (November 11, 1997 - Niuswire/The National)---Laloki Psychiatric Hospital staff and their families yesterday petitioned Papua New Guinea's Health Department for better security services after a resident and her teenage daughter were raped by a gang on Saturday morning, The National newspaper reported today.

The crime, committed in front of the father, was the final straw for the staff and families of this hospital on the outskirts of the city, which has suffered neglect from authorities and harassment from criminals on many occasions in the past.

The staff decided to march to the health headquarters yesterday and present their case to Health Secretary Dr. Puka Temu.

The first major incident took place in July when staff and the hospital property worth thousands of kina were stolen by criminals.

A spokesman for the staff, Nicholas Asujande, who presented the petition to Dr. Temu and his senior staff at the Aopi Centre here yesterday, said they had also placed a list of demands for the department to address.

They demanded a 24-hour police presence at the premises and warned that failure to do so would result in the staff not attending to patients at the hospital.

Mr. Usajande said a gang of six men entered the hospital grounds on Saturday morning, held up the two security guards and forced them to the residence of the hospital's secretary.

Mr. Asujande said that when the gang found that the secretary, Narakou Pokarup, was not in his house, they abducted another staff member's wife and his 14-year-old daughter from their house nearby.

They gang raped the mother and the daughter in front of the man and escaped in the hospital's utility vehicle.

"We were unable to do anything because they were pointing their guns at us," Mr. Asujande said.

Title -- 1011 CRIME: Gang rape rocks psychiatric hospital Date -- 11 November 1997 Byline -- Ennio Kuble Origin -- Niuswire ([email protected]) Source -- The National (PNG), 11/11/97 Copyright -- The National Status -- Abridged This document is for educational and personal use only. Recipients should seek permission from the copyright source for reprinting. This service is provided by Journalism Studies, University of Papua New Guinea. Please acknowledge NIUSWIRE. Queries: [email protected]

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