Women's Issues In Guyana

Man remanded for impregnating underaged girl

…accused vows to marry child

Kaieteur News – June 28, 2007

A man was yesterday remanded to prison for carnal knowledge of a 14-year-old girl who is now eight weeks pregnant.

According to the charge that was read to Navindra Jaisingh, 20, he began having sex with the girl between May 1 and June 16, 2007, at Land of Canaan , East Bank Demerara.

Before the matter moved to the chambers of Magistrate Melissa Robertson-Ogle, attorney-at-law Mohamed Zafar told the court that the case was unique in that the man and the girl were in a relationship and it was not forced sex.

He further told the court that the girl and the man were preparing to wed with the blessing of her parents. 

“The parents have accepted this man as their son-in-law and wanted the man to marry their daughter and they are working towards that end,” said Zafar

He continued to tell the court that remanding him would be detrimental given that he is the sole breadwinner of his mother who is unemployed.

Police Prosecutor Desiree Fowler objected to the man’s pre-trial liberty saying that he should have known better than to engage in a relationship with a juvenile much more gearing to get married.

She added that the mother should have been charged as well for condoning the relationship.

“Society has to take a serious stand against parents who condone their young children having sex…She is 14 and her body has not even completed its development,” said Fowler.

The proceedings yesterday were completed in the Magistrate’s chambers.

Bail was refused and the matter transferred to the Providence Magistrate’s Court for July 6.

The girl was observed (with a worried look on her face) after the court proceeding waiting for a chance to get a glimpse of her paramour as he was being led to the prison vehicle.


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