Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves says Vincentian men like to box women and children, claiming that violence is an indication of their love.
He, however, said that during the COVID-19, the only boxes that should be given out are the “Love Boxes” of food that his government is making available to 3,000 persons affected by the pandemic.
Speaking on WE FM on Sunday, Gonsalves said that when Minister of Agriculture Minister Saboto Caesar initially brought the proposal to Cabinet, it was billed as “love basket”.
He said he asked Caesar if the items were being placed in a box, and the minister said yes.
“And you know, I want to say this to the men who’re listening to me. Over the years, I know men like to box woman and box their children and then they turn around, when they go to court, they say they love their children, they love their woman, that’s why they box them.
Now, I am saying to you, if you want to give a love box to your child or your woman, get a Love Box from Sabby. That is the only love box which is permissible in disya time,” the prime minister said.
Cecil Ryan, one of the hosts of the programme, told the prime minister that while Philbert John, another of the host was laughing, he (Ryan) agreed with the prime minister.
“That’s the real love box,” Ryan said.
Gonsalves added: “That is the only love box which is permissible.”
John chimed in: “I’m laughing because I am already seeing the social media kickback.”
“You see the social media kickback?” Gonsalves said. “Well, what kick back they could have?” the prime minister added, as John told him to “expect the spin.”
“Some men love to box women,” John further stated.
Gonsalves asked John – a social studies teacher and a secondary school vice-principal, if he did not know that that happens in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
“Don’t we talk about domestic violence?” the prime minister said.
“Yes, sir,” John said and Gonsalves added, “Why yo’ don’t want me to talk the facts?”
“And I think we are among the worst. That is me saying that,” John added.
The prime minister said he did not know if SVG was among the worst for domestic violence.
“We are written about a great deal and so too, other countries but I was only making the point as I always do in communicating to the ordinary man and woman in this country – the Love Box, that’s where it is.”