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A 48-year-old woman has appeared
in court accused of beating her moth-
er.Nancy Ramrekha, of San Fernando,
was placed on her own bail yesterday
when she appeared in the San Fernando
Magistrates Court charged with assault
by beating her 69-year-old mother
and using obscene language.
She pleaded not guilty to the assault
charge but guilty on the other charge.
The charges stemmed from an alleged
incident on Saturday at the home of
Ramrekha's mother, Myrtle Ramrekha,
at Circular Road, San Fernando. The
pensioner was in court.
The facts of the obscene language
charge said the police responded to a
report of an assault by beating at a
house. When the police arrived around
12.15 pm a policewoman told Ramrekha
of the report she was investigating.
Court prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said
Ramrekha then used obscene language.
The policewoman arrested Ramrekha
and took her to the San Fernando Police
Station where she was charged.
The magistrate fined her $100 or in
default 14 days simple imprisonment
on the obscene language charge.
On the assault charge, the magistrate
placed Ramrekha on $1,000 own bail.
The case was transferred to the Fifth
Court and adjourned to April 17. (SW)
The Association of Female
Executives of T&T (AFETT), the
Powerful Ladies of T&T (PLOTT),
the Network of NGOs for the
Advancement of Women,
Women s Institute for Alternative
Development (WINAD), Hindu
Women s Organisation and Advo-
cates for Safe Parenthood:
Improving Reproductive Equity
(ASPIRE) have collaborated in a
call for society to be responsible
In an interview yesterday, Gillian
Hall, chair of PLOTT, said the
groups intended to work with each
other to assist in matters concern-
She said: We have united to bet-
ter leverage our strengths. We find
that too many people are doing
the same things over and over.
"We will facilitate more cohesive
teams and share visions and dia-
logue as we lobby for change."
Hall said with the combined
resources, expertise, decades of
sweat and labour from the women
in the group, it would not be
"beginning from scratch."
Two representatives from the
group --- Hazel Brown and Brenda
Gopeesingh --- are members of the
Child Protection Task Force set up
by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
In a release yesterday the organ-
isation called for the violation of
women and children to stop. It
said protection and care of children
were multi-faceted issues requiring
the involvement of all stakeholders.
It added: "The situation of child
abuse is grave but not impossible
as we acknowledge the many enti-
ties already working to effect pos-
"Unless we address our varied
levels of helplessness, ignorance,
indifference or apathy, our nation's
children will continue to pay the
The group listed a course of
action for all citizens, which
included public awareness and
education in the public sphere,
communities and schools.
Relatives and friends
of Christabelle "Pinky"
Nandoo are appealing to
anyone who may have
information on her
whereabouts to contact
them or the nearest
Nandoo, 48, reportedly
went missing on Friday
after leaving her sister's
home in Calcutta,
Freeport, to visit her hus-
band at the Mount Hope
Medical Sciences Com-
plex where is warded.
Family members said
she contacted her sister
at about 6.30 pm and
told her she left the hos-
pital and was on her way
to Curepe. Attempts to
contact her on her cell-
phone were later unsuc-
She was last seen
wearing a red jersey and
pair of black jeans. Any-
one with information on
her whereabouts are
asked to contact 682-
1846 or 636-6277 or the
nearest police station.
T&T told: Look after children
• Building public and community
capacity to respond to violence
through the implementation of
public awareness and education
initiatives on child rights and human
rights and on other pertinent issues,
such as sexual exploitation, human
trafficking, violence against women
and child prostitution.
• Ensuring health and family life
education programmes are taught
within our schools.
• Implementation of national
parenting programmes action.
• Be our children's/neighbour's
keeper; become an advocate for and
protector of our children.
• Adopt a zero tolerance approach
to domestic violence and violence
against children, women and girls.
• Take ownership of both the
issues and the
• Take action on a timely basis.
• Expand the social safety net so
that women do not feel that they
have to remain for economic
reasons with men who abuse them.
• Increase the number of trained
personnel at all levels of the social
• Provide for mandatory
placement of guidance counsellors
in all schools.
• Provide counselling and
treatment for victims and
perpetrators of violence.
• Increase collaboration among
• Encourage and support family
life and the care and protection of
• Review paternal leave
• Encourage employers to provide
affordable and quality childcare
solutions and the Government to
support such initiatives
SOME OF THE GROUP'S PLAN
with beating mother
Christabelle "Pinky" Nandoo
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