Women's Issues In Guyana


A perpetrator of domestic violence cannot bring honour and glory to Guyana

Posted in Crimes against Women,Judicial by wiig on November 11, 2006
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Stabroek News – November 11, 2006

Dear Editor,

The report in the SN of Nov 10 ‘Boxer Howard Eastman on wife assault charges’ shows the hypocrisy we have in Guyana towards domestic violence and violence in general. It is reported that Howard Eastman is being charged with domestic violence, but what is interesting is the report of Magistrate Chandan’s comments in which she says she would not want to hinder Mr Eastman’s chances of bringing honour and glory to Guyana? What does that mean? Surely the Magistrate could not think that a perpetrator of domestic violence would bring honour and glory to Guyana? Would that desire influence the workings of the magistrate’s courts? Would the magistrate’s court have been so considerate if Mr Eastman was charged with assaulting a police officer, or a magistrate, or the President? Wouldn’t there be more honour and glory in ensuring that the courts, especially those out of Georgetown are in order to ensure that perpetrators of domestic violence are quickly brought to justice. Could it not be perceived as hypocrisy when the wish is extended to wish him well in the fight. The man is in court on charges of one kind of violence, while he is being encouraged to go and do well in perpetrating another kind. No wonder we are in such a mess.

Yours faithfully,

Vidyaratha Kissoon

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