by Serafina Silaitoga
Fiji Times - Friday, October 15, 2010
Nabukadogo Village headman Peni Vusoni (second row from the front, third from right) with the village youths at their soli last week. Picture: SERAFINA QALO
A VILLAGE by-law in the Northern Division has banned women from wearing T-shirts in the village but has allowed men to drink yaqona until 11pm.
The women of Nabukadogo in Macuata have also been instructed to wear sulu-i-ra at all times ùwhether inside the home or outside ù while the children have been placed on a 6pm curfew.
Headman Peni Vusoni said the by-law was discussed at a meeting two weeks ago where the villagers agreed to the changes. To ensure the by-law is upheld, the village has appointed 10 wardens who will work day and night.
Mr Vusoni said respect for the village must be reinforced and that the by-laws had brought about good changes in the past two weeks, especially with the men waking up early to attend to their farms and other duties.
He said yaqona sessions in the village would now end by 11pm, after which all villagers must remain indoors. This rule, he said, would not be relaxed for funerals or traditional functions.
At 6pm, all children are to be seated in their homes doing their homework and village wardens will visit each and every home to check on them.
Mr Vusoni said the 6pm curfew would help the students live a disciplined life and improve their academic performance.
He said children were not allowed to leave their houses unless in case of an emergency or to attend church. For trips taken outside the village, Mr Vusoni said the villagers were asked to inform the wardens, especially if they expcted to return after 11pm.
For women who go out fishing, he said they could take off their sulu-i-ra but they must put them back on again when they returned to the village.