When it comes to violence redress begins at home

There has been an outpouring of condemnation and outrage over the recent torture of a young teen at the hands of police officers while in their custody. This horror is a frightening reminder of how fragile society is and demands that government act to end the endless stream of lawless acts taking place in Guyana.

Yet other types of violence occur daily without intervention or loud outcry.  This is the violence that is silently taking place inside homes.  As members of society we each have an individual and direct responsibility for that failure to act. This failure to intervene when people we know, love, employ or school are beaten, scalded, strangled, tied up, cut, kicked, punched, slapped or sexually assaulted is completely unjustifiable. We must look deep within ourselves and evaluate what has led us to silence and inaction while violence takes place within our own circle of family, friends and in our neighbourhood.  This inaction has given way to generation after generation of worsening violence that has infected every aspect of Guyanese society.

Until we find our footing to act decisively, loudly, individually and collectively to address this horrible scourge in our own homes and backyards, we cannot have the expectation that violence elsewhere will abate. When it comes to violence, the redress begins at home and given the current level of violence in Guyana, now would be a good time to begin with some personal introspection.

Yours faithfully,
Margaret Clemons

Comments  

Trotman should do the decent thing and resign

Dear Editor, The Justice Institute Guyana strongly endorses the views expressed in Monday’s editorial ‘ExxonMobil signing bonus’ and joins Transparency International Guyana, Chris Ram, Anand Goolsarran and members of the public in condemning the secret payment of US$18M from ExxonMobil to the government.

Some businesses are exploiting consumers

Dear Editor, On Action Line the evening before last a resident of West Demerara called to complain about the uneven and unfair rate structure being applied by taxi drivers.

Parliament is just an indicator of the studied madness

Dear Editor, There is sharp burning anger of a destructive kind raging in this society. 

Harbhajan appears to have changed his tune

Dear Editor, The GAWU was indeed surprised, to say the least, having read Mr Gobin Harbhajan’s letter entitled ‘Government should rescind sugar workers’ termination letters’ which appeared in the December 7 edition of Stabroek News.

All sides should return to dialogue and allow the budget to be properly interrogated

Dear Editor, The issue of the consideration of the 2018 Budget Estimates and the way the Parliament is managed is one for the elected parliamentarians, the selected Speaker and the other appointed officers of the Guyana Parliament to act upon as instructed by the Constitution of Guyana.

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