Turangu Morie
Bernard Narokobi – leader, legislator, poet

Jennelyn: Will justice prevail?


PORT MORESBY - The whole nation has been shocked by the death of Jennelyn Kennedy.

It’s not so much her death that shook the nation but how she died.

This 19 year old with two children had been killed by her husband Bosip Kaiwi, literally tortured and skinned alive and dying a cruel death that no person who heard her story will ever forget.

How Jennelyn died is etched in the memory of every Papua New Guinean and today, many people are protesting to stop violence against women.

Her husband is in prison awaiting his appearance before the judiciary. The greatest concern of many people is whether justice will prevail or whether money will bulldoze justice because he hails from an affluent family.

PNG is one of those nations where the judicial system is not as powerful as money.

The key players have often been those with money, and no wonder - PNG literally bathes in corruption.

By all means, the young man should be imprisoned for life for taking life. The only way to compensate for Jennelyn’s life is for him to go to prison for all the years of his life.

I’m a young married man with a first born son and reading about the death of Jennelyn pained my heart.

The question I asked was will justice prevail or will money bulldoze the judicial system and the police force who are handling this sensitive case?

That justice must prevail is my concern.

But my greatest fear is that money might prevail.

If that happens, I believe it safe to say that PNG can be described as lawless.

Although the law exists it is too often manipulated by money and the evil intent of elites and tycoons.

Already the case of Jennelyn does not seem to be running straight.

It must run straight according to justice and without delay.

Otherwise our system of justice and law and order will come under even deeper suspicion.


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Lindsay F Bond

Dear John, your contribution is most necessary and I welcome it.

Yet bear with me a thought about wording "What Evil says".
Not as a psychology expert, I am drawn to retain attachment of words thoughts and theoretical constructs to the person(s) particular, that is, not assigning a horrendousness to a formlessness.

Apart from not saying a person's name, not clearly placing the horrid with the physical human is in some ways a detachment, a detachment that ought not validate any inactivity of containment.

Your challenge is worth magnifying, if society is to expect containment so leading to contentment of all persons.

John M Glynn

I have followed the story of Jennelyn Kennedy’s murder in the newspapers, and I have spoken to a few people who are connected in a small way to the people involved.

As I understand it, when Jennelyn was only fifteen years old she came into the possession of this man - whose name I refuse to either write or speak - who took her to live with him at his home. In the next couple of years Jennelyn bore two children.

She apparently was not happy as twice she escaped and went to find safety elsewhere. On both of these occasions her owner was able to take her back into his possession with the aid of police officers who must have accepted his right of ownership.

A number of people knew of Jennelyn’s situation. Her Grandfather knew, as did her Australian father. The police obviously knew as did Family and Sexual Violence unit at Boroko Police Station. At least one Meri Sefhaus knew. Friends and family members of both Jennelyn and the man also knew of the situation.

All of those who knew of the situation tolerated it. I am sure that most of them disapproved of it, hated it, spoke against it even, but in the end they did nothing about it. That is all that Evil requires.

What Evil says to us is, ‘I expect you to hate me. I accept that you disapprove of me, decry me. I don’t mind if you talk the talk, and walk the walk, to demonstrate how much you reject me. All I ask is that you tolerate me.’

How many more ‘Jennelyns’ are out there? And how many people know of their situation and disapprove of it but tolerate it? We will find them one by one as they are murdered, or crippled, or so horribly abused by their ‘husbands’ that we are forced to notice them.

When is someone going to do something about all this? Not me, of course. You can’t expect me to do anything, can you?

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