– official says action suggests some level of social dysfunction at home
The 15 year-old girl who ran away from her Westbury home to live with her former brother-in-law will have to go through a rigorous assessment and subsequent counseling will be provided.
This is according to a senior official within the Child Protection Agency,
According to the official, initial assessment of the girl will determine what level of counseling will be done. Taking custody of her will be a last resort.
The source said that for a 15 year-old girl to feel that she needs to run away from home and live with a man with whom her older sister had shared a common-law relationship suggests some level of dysfunction at her home. The official added that the mother too will have to be provided with some counseling.
Meanwhile, the official said that the police will have to determine whether a crime is committed and should that be determined then charges will have to be laid.
The legal age of consent in Guyana is 16 and as such the 23 year-old man will be facing serious penalties especially in light of the recent passage of the Sexual Offences Act and several other pieces of legislation aimed at protecting children.
The Westbury teenager who eloped just over a week ago with her former brother-in-law has since been located after being missing for some time.
She was released after her mother ventured to the city Thursday morning in search of her.
But before her return home, she was detained at the Suddie Police Station for a few hours while the police questioned her and tried to provide some counseling.
The teenager travelled to Georgetown on September 18, last, and was staying in a house in Albouystown with her 23-year-old former brother-in-law
The mother left Essequibo for the city and headed for the Ruimveldt Police Station.
A rank escorted her to the house where her daughter was staying.
She said her first disappointment arose after she and police ranks approached the house at Albouystown.
They eventually located the teen but the man is yet to be found.
The 23-year-old had lived for over a year at Westbury with the other sister.
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