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Sunday, January 7, 2018
Enough is enough!
Enough is enough.
So says non-governmental or-
ganisation Is There Not A Cause
(ITNAC) as it called on the public
to wear black this week to show
its discontent with the level of
domestic violence taking place in
the country leading to the death
of our women.
"Recently there have been a
large number of reports of do-
mestic abuse making the national
news. Far too many of these situ-
ations have ended in the victims'
death at the hands of her abuser,"
As a result of this, ITNAC said
it will be embarking on a ive-day
passive demonstration starting
"ITNAC's position is that no
form of abuse should be toler-
ated. Be it physical, verbal, emo-
tional or psychological; against a
man or a woman," ITNAC stated.
"However, this call goes out to
stand with the many women who
have suffered and who are still
trapped in abusive relationships,"
ITNAC's release was sent
around 10.30 am.
Just a few hours later, the mu-
tilated body of a woman was
discovered at Orange Grove in
The body was in an advanced
state of decomposition and clad
only in underwear. The hands
and feet were reportedly missing.
Up to late last night, the wom-
an's identity remained unknown.
This gruesome discovery
comes on the heels of the mur-
ders of Inga Scheult also known
as Vanessa Ali and Arisa David,
earlier this week.
Of the 17 people killed in the
irst six days of 2018, three have
David, 25, was found dead
inside her Lime Head Road,
Chaguanas home on Tuesday.
The mother of two girls, aged
seven and two, was in an abusive
relationship for the past seven
years, relatives said.
An autopsy revealed David was
strangled to death.
On Thursday 23-year-old
Scheult, also a mother of two,
was found dead on the side of the
road in Barrackpore.
Scheult had a single gunshot
wound to her head.
The year 2017 ended with 52
women being killed. In total, the
murder toll for last year was 493.
According to statistics compiled
by the Powerful Ladies of Trin-
idad and Tobago (PLOTT), the
main method used to kill women
in 2017 was with a sharp instru-
On the last day of 2017 Dru-
patee Sankar, 50, was chopped
with a cutlass by her ex-husband
Bishnu following a long-standing
One of Sankar's arms was sev-
The Trinidad and Tobago Coa-
lition Against Domestic Violence
has demanded an investigation or
public enquiry into these cases.
"Was there a pattern of vio-
lence? Had reports been made to
the police? What actions, if any,
were taken to secure the safety of
these women? How did we as a so-
ciety fail these families and these
women?" the coalition stated.
"Indeed, investigations should
be routinely ordered into domes-
tic murders by the authorities as
such inquiries will highlight areas
of needed improvements and will
also strengthen the culture of
accountability of state actors to
act with due diligence to protect,
prevent and punish domestic vio-
lence," the coalition stated.
A member of the media records the area where the body of an unidentified woman was found yesterday at Pumpkin Street, Orange Grove.
PICTURE AYANNA KINSALE
ITNAC: Wear black to support victims of domestic violence
Clinical Psychologist Dr Katijah
Khan said we need to adopt a zero
tolerance approach to all abuse in
Khan advised anyone who may be
in an abusive relationship to talk to
"They (victims of abuse) do not
have to live with that situation as is,
they do not deserve it, they deserve
better and they are worth it. I would
say they need to talk to somebody
about it, it is not a secret, it is noth-
ing to be ashamed about.
"If you are facing violence in a
relationship, if you are dissatis ied
with a relationship talk to some-
body, reach out to somebody and
get some help," Khan said.
"There are different avenues you
can go to for help, there are family
and friends, there are the police,
social services, speak to somebody."
Khan said the people who victims
may turn to for help need to under-
stand that abuse should never be
"To people who are on the receiv-
ing end somebody is telling you they
are being abused, that is not normal
and it should never be accepted as
normal, nobody deserves that, no-
body deserves to be hit and abused.
It is not an acceptable part of our
culture," she said.
Khan called on family to intervene
if they know of abuse taking place.
"We should have a zero tolerance
for abuse, so if we know a family
member is a perpetrator, the family
needs to come together to do some-
thing, to have a conversation and to
try and get that person some help,"
'Look for the red flags'
"The larger issue of violence is
that too often we resort to violence,
whether it is using physical punish-
ment for children, so when we con-
tinue to use physical punishment to
children we are teaching them that
violence is the way to solve prob-
lems and to react when they are
angry and dissatis ied," Khan said.
Khan said abusive language in a
relationship should be viewed as an
"awful red flag".
"What we need is zero tolerance
on all forms of abuse, so whatever
it is pushing, shoving, shouting,
whether it is physical abuse or
psychological and verbal abuse,
somebody saying mean and nasty
things like 'you are not worth it,
you are worthless, you are not good
enough', those are also warning
signs that people need to be very
"If you see this controlling, pos-
sessive, negative abusive verbal
signs those are awful red flags and
you need to tell yourself this is not
worth it in the long run," Khan said.
Cops baffled as murdered woman's cousin killed in Freeport
When Brandon Joseph Khan's fam-
ily left home to pay inal respects
to their murdered cousin, Arisa
David, they could have never im-
agined mourning his death the fol-
It was the second murder that
baffled police yesterday after the
mutilated body of a woman was
also found in Trincity
Khan, 23, of Chase Village, Cara-
pichaima, was found dead shortly
after noon in Chickland, Freeport,
with a gunshot wound to his head.
Police said they responded to a
report of a man's body found in
some bushes along Randal Road.
His white Mazda 3 sedan was
parked a short distance away.
According to relatives, he did
not go to David's funeral on Friday
and remained at his in-laws home
When his wife and others re-
turned to the Agostini Settlement
home, he was still at his in-laws
He was expected to return home
that night, but when he didn't,
they called his mobile phone sev-
eral times and searched for him.
Yesterday morning, he was re-
ported missing to Freeport police
and within a few hours, they were
told that a body matching his de-
scription had been found. His
identity was con irmed when they
arrived on the scene.
Khan, who got married in July
2017, had a four-month-old son
and was training to become an
Emergency Medical Technician.
Police said there has been no link
to David's murder.
David, 25, a mother of two, was
choked to death by a 36-year-old
relative in their Chaguanas home
Investigators have submitted ad-
ditional information to the Of ice
of the Director of Public Prosecu-
tions and are awaiting instructions
on whether to charge the suspect.
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