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guardian.co.tt Thursday, December 8, 2016
Minister in the Of-
fice of the Office of the
Prime Minister with re-
sponsibility for Gender
and Child Affairs, Ayan-
na Webster-Roy, is calling
on eye witnesses to violent
incidents of abuse to take
affirmative action and not
to record them for social
In an interview on Tues-
day, Webster-Roy said Govern-
ment alone cannot change the nature of violence in this country
but the change must come from each and every citizen.
She called on all citizens to "try to be better," adding that
"gender violence can affect anyone regardless of his/
her creed , social status or income. It can hit any per-
son, so it is a matter for us all as individuals to try to
be better people."
In appealing to citizens to be more humane, Web-
ster-Roy said she was alarmed by the number of child
abuse cases, including the deaths of two toddlers who
were left at their Sangre Grande home unsupervised
last week and were burnt to death and a child who was
abused on a couch.
She said the video recording of such violent incidents
instead of seeking to help the victims was "very dis-
According to Webster-Roy: "People tend to want
to promote it on social media but the time you are
taking to record it (video) you should instead take
affirmative action to end the violence."
She s aid reporting those incidents to the authorities
will help in preventing it from being repeated.
She also commented on last Friday's death of Lall
Dwarika who was killed after being dealt one blow to
the head with a piece of metal by another man close to
the Priority Mall, Curepe.
She said the incident was videotaped but no one tried
to intervene or to contact the police to prevent an escalation
of the incident which lead to a loss of life.
She insisted citizens should try to be proactive in lending as-
sistance to victims and not to video tape the incidents to sen-
sationalise it on social media.
Webster-Roy said people were "busy videotaping it to put it
on Facebook to see how many shares and likes it would get."
She said: "Whenever we see such things happening , we should
take affirmative action to end it , not a matter of videotaping and
sharing or saying we are videotaping for evidence."
He said if an eye-witness was fearful of being attacked he/she
should then call the police or try to discourage the person from
engaging in violence.
"Try and appeal to the person, tell him 'brother what you are
doing is wrong or sister stop that'
Commenting on the baby being abused in the couch, Web-
ster-Roy said it was very traumatic to just record it and post on
Facebook when the relevant agencies could have been informed
of the abuse.
Webster-Roy said legislation was being strengthened to ensure
that victims of domestic violence are protected.She said: "We
would be commissioning a number of safe houses and transition
homes soon to further strengthen service delivery in T&T.
Webster-Roy, who is also the MP for Tobago East, said a Draft
Gender Policy was being prepared to be tabled in the Parliament
early in the new year.
The minister said the National Aids Coordinating Committee
will be launched this month.
Due to other commitments, Webster-Roy was unable to attend
Tuesday's information fair and exhibition in commemoration of
the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against
Women on Brian Lara Promenade. The event was held held Tues-
day after being postponed last week due to inclement weather.
A shoot-out with the police has
left one bandit nursing injuries
to his leg and three others in po-
lice detention, following a super-
market robbery at California on
Police also recovered a large quan-
tity of cash, two loaded Taurus re-
volvers, spent shells, cell phones,
ski masks, and plastic masks used
in movies as well as a large amount
The suspect, 35, of Claxton Bay,
who was recently released from pris-
on after serving a sentence for man-
slaughter, is under police guard at
the San Fernando General Hospital.
The drama unfolded around 7 pm
on Tuesday, when the four armed
men held up a supermarket and es-
caped in an AD Wagon, bearing false
An All Points Bulletin was put
out and officers from the Highway
Patrol spotted the vehicle along the
South bound lane of the Solomon
They called for back up and the ve-
hicle was intercepted in the vicinity
of the Brian Lara Stadium.
One of the suspects exited the
vehicle and started shooting at the
police, who returned fire.
The shooter was struck in the leg
and taken to the hospital.
The other three men, a 43-year-
old of Cipero Road, Victoria Village
and two of Lodge Road, Claxton Bay,
aged 26 and 29, were taken into police
custody for questioning.
The vehicle was searched and po-
lice recovered the items. The vehicle
is to undergo forensic testing.
Taking part in the exercise were
Supt Gaffar and Pardassie, Cpl Burke,
PC's Crawford, Palmer and Marshall.
ASP Joseph of the Southern Division
commended all of the officers in-
volved, including the RRU, CID from
both Mon Repos and San Fernando,
for their keen sense of observation
and dedication to duty.
On Monday evening, four men
from the Port- of- Spain district
were arrested a short distance away,
after robbing a jewelry store in
Gasparillo of $500,000 worth
of jewelry. No charges have
been laid against those
men who are still being
questioned in connec-
tion with several other
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