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Let's weed out child molesters
Government ministers Rudranath Indarsingh and Stacy Roopnarine say the time has come for society to weed out child molesters. They made the appeals during Christmas functions they attended on Wednesday, in the wake of a series of heinous crimes committed against children in recent months.
Speaking at a Christmas dinner for residents of the Couva Home for the Aged and needy children at the Couva South Hall, Camden Road, Couva, Indarsingh said the time had come for people who have knowledge of child molesters to report them to the relevant authorities. Indarsingh, Minister in the Ministry of Finance and Couva South MP, said these reports should come regardless of whether the perpetrators were citizens' relatives or close acquaintances.
Pointing out that the adults in society are duty-bound to get rid of child molesters and predators, Indarsingh said, “We must weed them out one by one. If it is in our family structure we must be prepared to speak out.” Indarsingh said all cases of molestation, attacks and child pornography must be reported to the authorities. "We must be vigilant all year round. We would be failing in our responsibility if we are not duty-bound on a minute-by-minute basis,” he said.
Indarsingh said the government had made strides when it comes to putting in place structures to deal with uplifting children. He also called on citizens to extend a sense of charity throughout the year and not only at Christmas time. Roopnarine, Minister in the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure and Oropouche West MP, called on civic-minded members of the national community to keep an eye out for the nation’s children.
She made the appeal at a hamper distribution ceremony at the Gulf View Community Centre, La Romaine, hosted by the Gulf View-based Women of Progress. Roopnarine said communities must come together to deal with child molesters. She said the nation had witnessed a disturbing trend in 2013. “During this year we saw something very disturbing, we saw very heinous crimes being committed against children.”
She said what was most disturbing was that the crimes against children were being committed by persons known to the children. She said the time had come for people to stop sitting by the wayside and witnessing children being molested. “We need to start speaking out as a community. If you see something report it, you have a responsibility,” Roopnarine said.
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