By Junior “Soca” Jones
Our nation today, Thursday, Jan. 2, officially took its seat on the UN Security Council. Whatever role our nation will play, as a Vincentian I stand proud. What will make me even more proud though is if for 2020 our government, opposition and all other relevant authorities, will get up off their combined backsides and seek to effectively protect the battered children and women of our country.
We need to change laws, implement laws and enforce laws. There is no way that a child of 15 years should be able to consent to sex. TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE. There is no way that 11-, 12-, and 13-year-old girls should be impregnated by adult men and these men not be subjected to a life sentence. TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE.
How do the authorities justify the fact that most of these men are not investigated even after the pregnancy is detected? And please don’t tell me about parents’ lack of cooperation. They are our nation’s children and we, as a nation, have an obligation to protect them.
There is no way that our women should be battered, bruised and raped by known aggressors and these men go free or serve minor sentences. TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE.
Where is the voice of the church and its thousands of followers? Where are our other organisations? Are our courts doing enough? Are the police doing enough? It is a new year. We need new focus and commitments where the weakest among us are concerned. St. Vincent, it is time to stand up. For God’s sake, as a nation, let us stand up. Happy New Year to everyone…