Who will speak for the children?
Can anyone name another nation (First, Second or Third World) in the world—except T&T, of course—where six children under the age of six have lost their lives violently over the course of the last three months? This translates into approximately one every two weeks.
I am utterly horrified. Whilst there have been isolated cases before the situation has now reached epidemic proportions.
And yet we have people laughing at Verna St Rose Greaves for her “demonstration” in Parliament! Tell me, who will speak for these little innocents and those who are similarly consistently brutalised but have somehow evaded death or serious injury? Who will take on the responsibility of overseeing that their upbringing is not laced with brutality?
The rest of us are horrified for a day or two and then get on with our lives. Not dealing with the matter of brutality to children can only lead to those who escape death inheriting the awful traits. They will have known nothing else. Is that what has happened with today’s generation? Are they emulating what was their upbringing?
Mrs Persad-Bissessar, herself a mother and grandmother, needs to bring stringent laws into force for this awful, uncivilised behaviour. We don’t need this infamy. Incarceration for life for maltreatment of minors with .. ’nuff licks from the “cat” so that they can “feel” as their young victims did and most certainly the death penalty (with no appeals) for snuffing out life from one who cannot fight back.
Perhaps then these monsters (many of them closely associated with the victims) might think twice before acting so heinously.
This is a matter which must be made a priority if we wish to be recognised as a “civilised society” in this the 21st century.
I pity the poor pathologist who has to deal with these heinous cases, in addition to the unconscionably high number of other murders for a nation our size. It is enough to drive a sane person mad.