The Satuimalufilufi village council of ‘ali’i ma faipule’ is calling a ‘fono’ today to consider appropriate actions on the assault of a woman who could lose an eye from a serious stabbing wound.
A photo of the injured woman went viral when it was posted online (pictured) showing in graphic detail a stick of wood with a sharp end sticking out the side of her right eye.
The blunt end was sticking out the front of her face, just under the right eye where she was stabbed.
A young couple who have reportedly been together for only a short time with no children were involved when the man allegedly attacked the woman.
Police have been called in to investigate and are not prepared to comment when asked by Newsline.
The Satuimalufilufi ‘pulenu’u’ Tuala Malagaoma Manuele did confirm the violent incidence going before the village council ‘fono’ today to determine punishment on the attacker.
“This is the first time an incident of this kind has happened to our village and it is an embarrassment as it goes against traditional values we uphold,” Tuala explained when asked by Newsline Samoa for a reaction.
He said that the issue of domestic violence is normally raised during the regular monthly ‘fono’ of the village ‘ali’i ma faipule’ council.
“This is a disgrace to the good name of Sātuimalufilufi,” he reacted strongly at the bad image generated by the violence publicity.
Tuala firmly assured that he will advise the ‘ali’i and faipule’ council to consider and approve a set of standard rules and punishment against domestic violence in the village.
“ I suspect the ‘ali’i ma faipule’ will agree on serious actions to be taken in terms of new rules against family violence and punishments starting with the husband who attacked his wife.”
Tuala conceded that his role as the ‘pulenu’u’ will be to advise the ‘ali’i ma faipule’ in their decision making especially the level of punishment meted out.
It is matter of protocol though that whatever the ‘ali’i ma faipule’ rules that is how it will stand.