when will this regime
realise that it has to strengthen its political will and
pull up its governmental socks if we are to escape from
the chamber of horrors that presently entraps us?
country has developed a reputation for expressing outrage
at horrific events and then doing very little in terms of
follow up action. We claim to be a caring society, always
ready to shed buckets full of tears and extend condolences
to the families who lose loved ones in tragic circumstances
but in the end, after much verbal outpouring, it is back
to business as usual.
There are those who refuse to fall into the category of
talk shoppers and it is imperative that these
activists get the ball rolling swiftly in the direction
of protecting the nations youth.
Laws alone will not solve the problem but we do need to
upgrade the statutes in order to ensure that the legislation
is not outdated or ineffective in light of current trends
and prosecutorial challenges.
So while I agree with the statement of Social Development
Minister Dr Amery Browne that the law alone cannot
protect the welfare of children it must be recognised
that legislation in the specific area of child protection
is sadly lacking.
Minister Browne also stated that to even use what
happened to this child, which to our information there was
no warning or red flag or any indication that the person
known to the family would have done this, to link that to
any political threat is worthy of condemnation is
a premature chastisement which appears contrary to information
volunteered by members of the family of the man who killed
However, the matter is currently before the Court and so
it would be inappropriate to challenge the Minister on the
point of no warning signal at this stage. The
facts will speak for themselves and the Minister is best
advised to stick to his script of advising the public on
the laws that the Government intends to pass, hopefully
soon, to deal with matters affecting the rights and safety
Children at risk
Yes there are monsters among us, and that having been said,
what are we doing to capture and prevent them from preying
on our vulnerable children?
Acknowledgement is given to all the interest groups and
organisations that lobby for laws and policies to be implemented
to protect our youth.
And gratitude is extended to those who work assiduously,
although not in the glare of the cameras, to do their part
in preventing cruelty to children.
But the effort has to be sustained, intense and holistic
if significant strides are to be made. The entire society
has to come forward and give assistance.
Admittedly, when everything seems hopeless and people feel
helpless, it is difficult to muster the troops to fight
in the name of Good for the sake of country.
But now is when real leaders have a critical role to play.
Those who want to command the soldiers must by their example
show that they are prepared to enter the battlefield and
face the enemy head on.
Running away, for whatever reason, including financial reward
or academic advancement is not acceptable at a time when
our nation is looking for individuals to bravely take the
helm and guide us out of this frightening storm of unending
With the advent of crimes targeted at young people such
as internet pornography, child prostitution and human trafficking,
the public must be confident that this administration is
not caught sleeping while on duty.
The Opposition is well within its rights and is in fact
duty-bound to call on the Government to give priority to
the childrens legislation.
And I must commend, on this particular matter, Siparia MP
Kamla Persad-Bissessar who for years has stated that more
has to be done by this Government to protect the nations
Persad-Bisessar is a veteran politician who is a mother
and grandmother and should not be the subject of negative
comment for her utterances on a subject that touches every
emotional vein in the human body.
And unlike so many others, she has been a tireless advocate
for the protection of children.
So instead of attempting to gag those on the opposite side,
the Government is best advised to rely on the expertise
of its legal minds and allow them to take the fore in order
to have the package of Childrens legislation debated
and passed swiftly.
And since we all agree that laws alone are insufficient
to address the problem, while the legislation is in the
House, plans should be put in place to ensure that the laws
can be enforced.
Away with murder
What are we as a nation expected to do when we are confronted
with a crisis that strikes at the very heart of our societal
responsibility to protect the young and vulnerable?
How are we to cope with escalating criminal activity that
includes violent and heinous acts by persons who are unafraid
of the repercussions of their transgressions?
And when will this regime realise that it has to strengthen
its political will and pull up its governmental socks if
we are to escape from the chamber of horrors that presently
Parents, guardians and those who have the care, control
and responsibility of young persons must be sufficiently
educated about their roles and brought up to speed about
the telling signs that suggest all is not right with the
children in their custody.
Schools must be given the necessary and experienced personnel
to assist in identifying those children who are at risk
and in need of special care and attention.
The police have to be sensitive and discerning when reports
are made about child abuse and to err on the side that a
reported complaint is worthy of investigation.
We cannot turn a blind eye to what is happening in our society
or pretend that the situation is under control.
For the sake of all the young children who have been victims
of child killings and the peace of mind of all citizens,
we call on the Government to do what it takes to rid our
country of predators who are having a field day, committing
atrocious acts and in many instances, getting away with