A 33-year-old man was charged with multiple counts of rape of his 13-year-old step-daughter and 14-year-old niece.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has released relating to the number of formal indictments filed in the High Courts of Fiji by the Director of Public Prosecutions throughout the month.

This data is confined to incidents of serious sexual offences only.

22 people were charged with a total of 37 counts of separate incidents in June.

The offences read twenty eight rape cases 1 attempted rape, 2 cases of abduction with intent 3 defilement and 3 sexual assault cases in the month of June alone.

There were 22 victims of the 37 separate incidents of whom 15 victims were under the age of 18 years.

There was 1 male victim and 21 female victims while all accused persons were male.

There were 12 incidents where the victims and the accused were related to one another.

In one incident a 75-year-old man was charged for allegedly raping his 3-year-old granddaughter and in another incident a 43-year-old father was charged with the rape of his 14-year-old daughter who fell pregnant after the incident.

There were two separate incidents where 59-year-old and 38-year-old uncles were charged for allegedly raping their 8-year-old and 9-year-old nieces.

There was another incident where a 29-year-old uncle was charged for allegedly raping his 12-year-old nephew.

There were two incidents of marital rape where a 32-year-old and a 43-year-old were charged with the rape of their 23-year-old and 36-year-old wives.

Three cases were withdrawn after discontinuances were filed.

One case was withdrawn after the victim admitted to making a false complaint, another case was withdrawn after the victim left the country and the third case was withdrawn due to insufficient evidence.

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