“We are frightened by the increasing levels of vicious attacks and murders and other serious crimes which are being perpetuated against our women. These attacks have been on a steady upward trend and must be urgently addressed,” Ms Neita said.
She said, things took a turn for the worse recently with the murder of three women in western Jamaica.
“We are all aware that crime has been a major challenge for Jamaica over many years; however, there was a time when women and children were spared from its ravages, but this is no longer the case. Women and children are being murdered at rates never experienced before,” she argued. This is happening against the background of a promise by the Government of a non-existent crime plan.
The Shadow Minister said she is appealing to Minister Olivia “Babsy” Grange to impress upon Prime Minister Holness and her colleague Minister of National Security, Hon Horace Chang to develop and implement within the realm of a national crime plan a system of protection for children and women; and to ensure that a specific strategy for Gender Based Violence (GBV) be included,” Ms Neita said.
Ms Neita is asking the government to develop a partnership with stakeholders in communities island-wide to launch a sensitization campaign against GBV, highlighting strategies to deal with domestic disputes as some of the recent cases show that domestic disputes too often end with a fatality.”
We are saddened by so many fatalities and want to express our deepest condolences to the families and friends who have been affected and impacted by the loss of their loved ones.
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