A 17-year-old village boy has been gang raped by 10 knife-wielding women in Papua New Guinea, police say.
Southern Highlands Province police commander Teddy Tei said the gang of women attacked the schoolboy just outside the provincial centre of Mendi on Friday.
“This is a serious matter and police are trying to identify who these animals are,” he said.
“More than 10 women with kitchen knives attacked him and four women had sexual intercourse with him”.
The boy went to hospital for treatment, he said.
Police commander Tei said he feared the women may have infected the young man with HIV/AIDs.
“HIV/AIDs is a problem in PNG and I am concerned the women might be infected.
“I always warn the women to be careful at night but I am now warning the men too.\
“Police are investigating but it is not clear why the attack happened,” he said.
Last week a young Australian woman on a surfing trip was raped in Madang province on PNG’s northwestern coast.
The woman was with three other Australians who were carjacked, robbed of all their possessions and taken to a secluded spot where they were bound to trees.
An August 2008 UNICEF report stated that PNG has one of the world’s highest rates of sexual violence.
“Police say that eight per cent of women have been raped, but rape is an under-reported crime, so the reality is certainly much higher,” the report said.
“Nearly half of reported rape victims are under age 15, and 13 per cent are younger than age seven.