Saturday, December 16, 2017

More than a statistic

It is almost one month since the brutal slaying of Dana Seetahal SC and while the population continues to be alarmed by the senseless killing of citizens, in which each person, with or without a checkered background and regardless of age, is considered fair game, there is a cry for those responsible for the murder of Dana to be brought to justice.

While viewing a tribute to Dana the golden thread that ran through all the contributions was the indomitable spirit of this fearless woman who did all within her power to strengthen the arms of justice.

That her death was the premeditated action of those who disregard the law and trample mercilessly on its tenets is a tragic irony that will haunt many for a lifetime.

And so, while the struggle to overcome the grief of losing Dana will be an arduous journey, it is imperative that appropriate resources be used to find the evil masterminds who are calling the shots.

The assassination of Dana Seetahal is a game changer in the fight against crime and her killing must be viewed in the context of our current losing position against those involved in criminal activity.

The question that should be asked is, could anything have been done to prevent Dana’s killing?

 There is much on the political landscape to keep us distracted, with video footage sporting the “look alike” of a high (ranking, that is) minister and a voice recording which is similar to but not necessarily the same as a minister who has an aversion  for political vermin.

While these distractions may provide entertainment for some who enjoy feeding off political bacchanal, there are thousands of law abiding citizens who are past the point of frustration and are now very depressed.  

There is a growing section of the population that has decided to keep its mind away from the harsh reality of a society that is sinking in a pit of decadence, by refusing to subject itself to the horror stories which cannot be faulted on the ground of inaccuracy, carried in the print and electronic media. 

Others have chosen to use all forms of social media to vent their feelings of hurt, anger and disgust about the societal madness in which they feel helpless to restore sanity.

The approaches mentioned above are ways of reducing stress in order to prevent mental collapse and are personal choices that ought to be respected.

But it is incumbent on those who are determined to get the country back on course that they work within the parameters of the law and set things right.

In this regard I commend the efforts of Minister of National Security Gary Griffith who indicated this weekend some of the initiatives that will be implemented to fight crime.

Minister Griffith seems aware of the task at hand and must ensure that all those who lead institutions involved in all aspects of law enforcement and the administration of criminal justice are on the same page.

This must not be viewed as a one-man fight but a collective effort to send the most powerful message that this country will not be held to ransom by wicked and merciless thugs.

Minister Griffith must guarantee that in brandishing his enhanced and advanced tools to fight crime, he is prepared to take the fight to the next level which makes no compromise in the name of politics.

The use of technology to obtain intelligence about criminal activity is a move in the right direction and equally important is confirming that the intelligence received is analysed and acted upon in a timely fashion.

And with all the scientific methods to fight crime, the human factor must not be disregarded.

Witnesses to crimes must be properly protected and assured that rogue elements will not be privy to their identities.

Unfortunately, the criminals are leaps and bounds ahead in the crime war and the only way for these nefarious characters to feel the full brunt of the law is to increase the detection rates of serious and violent crimes.

The focus must be on finding the masterminds of these heinous crimes and proving to the population that no one is above the law or incapable of being brought before the courts.

There are too many innocent lives that have been snuffed out by criminals who have no fear of being caught or of being convicted when brought before the courts.

Dana’s death, like hundreds of others, must not be a mere statistic.

It is unfair to those who have been murdered to treat their deaths as collateral damage or resign their fate to an unfortunate circumstance.

Dana left us a blueprint to fight crime.

Dana lived a meaningful life and her death must not mark the end of all the good work she accomplished.