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Grieve for victims, not criminals

 No law can prevent any child or anyone else for that matter from being abused, battered and murdered. 

The single most effective deterrent is to catch, convict and punish the perpetrator, and that is what we have failed to do. 

We can blame the police, the courts, the People’s Partnership Government and the Prime Minister; but unless we stop making excuses for these beasts in human form, by saying they grew up in broken homes, were neglected, did not go to school, don’t have a job, are targeted because of their skin colour or race and all of the other stupid fabricated reasons, and preventing the police from doing their work, we will continue to experience these terrible crimes.

We will not get anywhere by engaging in political gamesmanship on this issue.

How can legislation prevent a child from being such a victim if the enforcement of the law is missing and which is the only criteria to make these laws successful, even if we want to turn the prisons into the Ritz?

 Gang warfare, drugs, kidnapping, domestic violence, rape and robbery all have one thing in common and that is murder. How are we dealing with murder?

We are pampering criminals in and out of prisons and expect to have a crime-free society, and the very spokesperson for those criminals want to be the spokesperson for the victims?

Parts of society have a conscience that grieves for victims of crime while other parts of society grieves for the criminals.

The lives of many more that will be lost to criminals must be placed at the feet of those with the authority to enforce the punishment for such crimes.

Ramesh Marajh

Palo Seco

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