The People’s National Congress Reform is accusing the Ministries of Home Affairs and Human Services of failing in their obligation to protect women.
In a recent public statement by the Party’s Presidential Candidate, David Granger, it was noted that women are not being protected from the spate of murders which have rocked mainly rural communities so far for this year.
“It should be apparent that the present law-enforcement measures with respect to the human security of persons at risk are not functioning.”
Referring to information published in some sections of the media it showed that one woman has been killed on average every fortnight.
“The body count of murdered women this year, shamefully, is rising; nine have been murdered within the past eighteen weeks.”
Saleema Mohan, 21, a teacher, was stabbed to death by her reputed husband, on January 3; Shaunell Warwick, a nursery-school teacher died after suffering a brutal cutlass beating, allegedly at the hands of her reputed husband on January 31; Natalie Loncke, 41, also a nursery-school teacher, was stabbed to death by her partner; Ramdarrie Rajpattie, 57, was beaten to death by her reputed husband; Farida Ramdeen, called ‘Susie’, 22, was slain by her lover and dumped in a canal on the Houston Estate; Sonobia James was stabbed to death outside a nightspot during an argument with her partner; Neibert Issacs-Bacon, a Special Constable, was beaten to death and dumped in a canal in Sophia; Prampattie Ramsundar, called ‘Auntie Daro’, was murdered in her home at Enmore; and Khirul Najidam, 74, called ‘Babloo Saddick’, was found bound and gagged in her home.
In addition to current ‘wife-murders’, there have been several rural ‘rape-murders’ in previous years. These included a geriatric, blind, shut-in on Wakenaam Island in the Essequibo, a schoolgirl on the same island of Wakenaam; on Leguan; at Naamryck near to Parika; in Johanna Cecilia on the Essequibo Coast; at Port Mourant, Maida and Warren on the Corentyne Coast; at Good Faith, Mahaicony; at Mahdia and at Mocha-Arcadia.
These crimes, Granger said, have highlighted how low the level of human security is, particularly for women and girl children, in certain areas of this country.
“They have exposed the seeming inability of the Administration and its law-enforcement and social welfare services to comprehend the causes of the crisis.”
Granger said that no policies have been put in place to ensure the safety of the country’s most vulnerable citizens, often very old women and very young girl children.
“The frightening frequency with which women have been murdered raises questions of why they are so prevalent, why they persist, what can be done to prevent them and how to protect likely victims from that fate.”
The PNC/R is calling on the current administration to take a fresh look at its measures for dealing with domestic violence.
“Admittedly, the incompetence of poorly-trained policemen towards victims of violence and their cursory inquiry and clumsy collection of evidence have been contributory factors to failures.”
Granger further stated that the list of murders of women is long and bloody but, the evidence suggests that the PPPC Administration has not been doing enough.
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