The allegation of slothfulness in debating the recently drafted Sexual Offences Bill, some non-governmental organisations staged yet another picketing exercise outside of the Office of the President, yesterday.
The draft is currently with the Ministry of Legal Affairs.
A small crowd assembled outside Office of the President yesterday bearing placards calling for the passage of the Bill which is aimed at protecting the abused, particularly children.
The exercise was staged by Red Thread, Help and Shelter and the Concerned Citizens Organisation.
Red Thread Coordinator, Karen De Souza, noted that the three entities are calling for a speedy implementation of laws to protect children against abuse since there seems to be an upsurge in the reported cases of such incidents.
De Souza said that the group will continue to picket every week until the legislation is passed and assented to.
When asked if the Human Services and Social Security Ministry would be targeted, De Souza answered in the negative.
Minister Priya Manickchand has done all that she could do and it was out of her hands now, De Souza said.
She even commended Manickchand for her piloting of the several pieces of children’s legislation as well as her role in effecting the Stamp it out Campaign which eventually led to the Sexual Offences Bill.
She noted, however, that the Ministry of Legal Affairs could be a target of one of the picketing exercises.
According to De Souza several pieces of frivolous Bills are passing through the National Assembly and that there should be a prioritizing of Bills.
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