With this father incarcerated, the door is unguarded and it’s happy hour for the comforting wily wolf
I presented a letter to the Stabroek News editor on the 26th, June, dealing with the subject of the Editorial published on the 28, June. My letter was published on 29, June. “This society has gone on an anti-male crusade”. The editorial justified the sentencing of a father to jail for beating his delinquent daughter who had left one afternoon and returned the next day. This is a fourteen year old child, and I reiterate that he did the right thing, and that the Magistrate was insensitive.
The writer of the editorial is obviously not a father, nor does the writer even reflect that this man has in his care two other daughters younger than this one. No way in the editorial are they even considered so I am to assume that the writer is also neither a parent; so hurrah for the pen of the Stabroek editorial.
Now Magistrate Hazel Octave Hamilton has gone on the rampage for on the day following your editorial she sentences another young man [ Morris Cox] to six weeks in jail for threatening his ex. What erroneous hogwash of stuttering logic will constitute the next editorial to justify that?
History has taught us that only a proper stream of agreed principles addressing any social phenomenon can serve it with justice. Postulations on self righteous causes led to the Christian Inquisition, the Islamic destruction of valuable artifacts and the suppression of women in the Middle East, and cause millions to suffer to tribalism in Africa and to the Hindu caste system in India. That same mood of self righteous detachment from the ‘ Specific ‘reality is growing out of proportion in Guyana as it relates to domestic abuse.
I, like many other men have crossed the line in school and at home and have received the six lashes of the ‘wild cane’ or the broad belt at home. I denounce the pseudo psychology based on speculations that the child was unloved at home or she is in the shadow of Cinderella’s step mother, because no evidence has informed us of that. A father cannot bond with her as a mother now that she has physically arrived and has discovered and is exploiting the newly found attention of puberty; it’s just that, for the same reason most school boys get their hearts broken by older teenage boys. A young female child has to be protected from herself, twist it or turn it they are prey, and fathers seldom compromise the way some mothers I have known have done.
Like 90 percent of the men in Guyana I have had my allotment of relationships over the years; I have lied, they lied, I caught and got caught. But I have never beaten a woman or assaulted a woman with any instrument, though growing up I was whipped at school and at home. Children have to be coaxed, delicately reasoned with; and when they proceed to test you, punished and whipped. The private demons of those in authority must not be let loose on society under the guise of marauding causes, as the editorial concluded in reference to my letter: “In both of her rulings, Magistrate Octave-Hamilton dispensed Justice tempered with mercy, as well as a means by which both the defendants and the complainants could learn from their errors and move forward.”
Easy to write with the indifference of the self righteous, removed from the daily struggles of an underprivileged family. But from the letters of Leon 0 Rockcliffe (June 30) and Neal Adams (July2, 2012, both Stabroek News,) I am not the only citizen observing this obvious temperament of vindictiveness in the courts in respect to the frequent outbursts of domestic murders, but if you pay attention we have an epidemic of murders. Yet, what mental process can justify a criminal record as in the case of this father, to be described as ‘Justice tempered with mercy.’
Who is extending mercy to his three daughters now, without the shepherd; surely the door is unguarded and it’s happy hour for the comforting wily wolf.