Two of the most recent homicides have rocked the nation and sparked several discussions about the need to improve security and reduce any chances of this happening again.
But Human Services Minister Alvina Reynolds has a different view and has offered some advise to the citizenry in this regard.
The minister said Saint Lucian men and boys needs to be thought how to respect women and human life.
The minister said for too long, things just go through the motions and it is time that people take these issue very seriously.
“There is a crime against a woman, they want leaders and speak and we go back to sleep. I am saying to mothers and fathers, that we have created some monsters in this country and these chickens are coming home to roost,” she stated.
Reynolds was referring to the gruesome deaths of 59-year old Samdai Fraser, who was found lying face-down in a pool of blood, with a rope around her neck and plastic bag around her mouth on Monday, July 20 in Vieux Fort, and 32-year-old Yana Auguste whose semi-nude body was discovered on a beach in Soufriere on Sunday, July 12.
“What would make any person go to do that to a young lady, a hard worker, driving her own car? The lady down from Vieux Fort was a good woman from what I understand, who produced a police officer and is a church member. What would make someone enter her home and take her life in that horrible manner?” the minister questioned.
Reynolds said crime prevention is not only the business of the police, but it starts at the home. She said this lesson should continue into the church and in schools. “We have to continue to teach our men to respect women, respect life and respect each other,” she asserted.
“I understand sometimes there is gang violence, where people don’t get along. But when you step out and go into somebody’s personal space, in their car and home, and take their life, you are looking at a very serious situation,” Reynolds added.
The minister said she is disturbed by the level of violence perpetrated against women across Saint Lucia.
There have been reports that at least seven women have been raped so far this year.