...Kamla: No unilateral decision on laws

By Carla Bridglal

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday clarified her position regarding legislation to protect children from abuse at home, specifically whether or not corporal punishment should be banned in the home. 

“I pointed out that in other countries, there is legislation (to that effect) and one young man repeatedly asked me if we are going to bring legislation. 

“I’m saying those matters are now within the purview of the Child Development Ministry and the ministry will guide accordingly. Then it will come to Cabinet to make a decision. It is not a unilateral decision by anyone,” Persad-Bissessar told reporters yesterday after an Easter Tea she hosted at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s.

Persad-Bissessar had been widely criticised yesterday for her comments on corporal punishment in the home, when questioned about her reaction to a video posted on Facebook showing a mother, Helen Bartlett, disciplining her 12-year-old daughter with a belt for the girl’s behaviour on the popular social networking site. 

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