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Sex, violence a concern in Kundiawa schools

By James Apa Gumuno

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, March 13, 2008) - Kundiawa police have stopped people showing movies in town to prevent children from seeing explicit sexual scenes, violence and criminal activities and hearing obscene words on Television shows.

The move by police is also to stop children from missing classes after lunch as a result of watching movies.

[PIR editor’s note: Kundiawa is the capital of Simbu province, which is in central Papua New Guinea, adjacent to and south of the Southern Highlands province. ]

Provincial police commander Chief Inspector Joseph Tondop told The National that he personally visited all the movie houses in town to advise operators against showing movies during the day and also at night.

Mr. Tondop said operators ignored the labeling on the cassettes or CDs which are not suitable for children. He said many CDs are full of sex scenes, violence, the use of abusive words and criminal activities, which could affect the mental growth of children.

He said last week, when he visited movie houses in town he saw many children watching movies not suitable for them.

Tondop said these movie houses operate from early in the day till midnight. He said he had informed movie operators in town like Wara market, Hap Wara, Malaria compound and near PNG water board to stop it.

He said many children left school after lunch to watch movies till late afternoon and also in the evening till midnight.

He said there is no control on what movies are being shown adding, the owners are only interested in making money.

Tondop appealed to parents not to allow their kids to go to the movie houses. He added that if any movie house owners refused to comply with the order and continued showing movies at night, they would be arrested and charged accordingly.

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