Human Rights activist and Attorney-at-Law, Mary Francis, has reiterated that there is need for swift justice in the many sex crimes being committed on the island.
Francis’ comment comes in light of the alleged rape of two teenagers at Derek Walcott square on Friday.
While some persons have argued that Francis only speaks to the human rights of alleged criminals and not the ordinary citizen, Francis has debunked those claims stating that she has spoken on the issue many times before.
“We have to come together and take responsibility for our lives. Take responsibility for the management of our country. Its sickening to believe that such an act has taken place in the middle of the town,” she stated.
The human rights lawyer questioned why it is happening and why are young men engaging in this type of behaviour.
She said the authorities must ensure that certain interventions are taken to prevent a recurrence.
But Francis is not the only one concerned about this issue. Opposition Leader Dr. Gale Rigobert slammed the government for their silence on the increase in sex crimes.
Rigobert said she would like to see government giving greater priority to correcting inefficiencies in the judicial system and reopening the forensic laboratory.
The Micoud North MP said government needs to do more to convince the citizenry that it is interested in creating an environment of zero tolerance for sex crimes.