Friday 30 October, 2020

Opposition Leader: 'Protect our women'

Photo: iStock

Photo: iStock

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar said more measures must be taken to protect the nation’s women.

Persad-Bissessar's comment came today via a statement in response to yesterday's beheading of a Penal woman, which is a suspected domestic incident.

She also called for the promised implementation of electronic monitoring bracelets, the legislation for which was recently approved by the government.

Persad-Bissessar said: 'I am sad to learn that more of our women continue to face heinous acts of violence, many times at the hands of persons they once knew and trusted. We are also seeing where our Venezuelan sisters are not spared from these practices and I ask, what is being done in combating such heinous acts?

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

'The government promised implementation of the Electronic Monitoring bracelets to help prevent repeated breaches of protection orders but we are yet to see this come to fruition.

'To the women who have experienced any form of violence I say to you, I understand your pain, I understand your suffering. I also want to say that you are stronger than you can ever imagine.

'Let us protect our women. I challenge everyone, be your sisters’ keeper — if you hear or see violence, say something! Do Something! Report abuse to the police — call 999 in case of an emergency or report directly to the TTPS app.

'I again call on the Government to pay serious attention to this out of control attack on our women.'

Persad-Bissessar said she will continue to fight for legislative protections for women and children in domestic violence situations. 

'I will continue fighting for proper legislative protection and more social support for the women and children who are living in violent households and those who have escaped it.'

In March 2020, government announced the planned implementation of electronic monitoring bracelets to help combat domestic violence in Trinidad and Tobago.  

The Electronic Monitoring Act was passed in the House of Representatives on April 28, 2020.

In January, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) launched the Gender-Based Violence Unit, a unit designed to focus on domestic violence cases and breaches of restraining orders.

Announcing at the beginning of the year, Police Commissioner Gary Griffith said a heavy emphasis would be placed on people who breach protection orders.

Anyone with information on an incident involving gender-based violence can contact the police on 555, 999 or 800-TIPS, or make a report at their local police station.

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