September 11,2011 marked one year since the brutal death of Sheema Mangar who was employed at the time at Demerara Bank Ltd. Onto this day the killer remains at large, which does not inspire much confidence in the rather slow pace at which the police authorities are proceeding with the investigation.
This certainly must add to the frustration and agony her parents and family members are experiencing, in addition to the malicious destruction of the small memorial that was erected at the spot where she met her demise. This act committed by some ‘vandal’ in broad daylight was deliberate, and a vulgar display of how degenerate, inhumane and lawless our society has become, causing law-abiding citizens to live in a state of fear and anxiety. We are all extremely vulnerable; nobody knows who is next to be brutally murdered or hit down and left to die on the street like some stray dog.
The underlying factor remains that life has become so dirt cheap in Guyana that for a cell phone Sheema Mangar was cruelly crushed to death. For weeks people expressed their disgust at the gruesome manner in which she was killed and the reluctance of the police to perform their duty to pursue and apprehend the killer and have justice served, for which they are paid by the citizens of this country. Every day we are awakened to the news of some horrifying murder, crash up, robberies, suicides, and the unprecedented wave of violence against women.
There is no consolation in the police press releases that the police are continuing their investigations, which actually means another case for the cold case cabinet. Literally hundreds of people have been brutally murdered and their cases all ended up in the cold case cabinet. It is only the Sheema Mangar family that has refused to give up their quest for justice.
Sheema Mangar’s attributes, her academic success, her dream to be a certified accountant all came to an abrupt end on that faithful afternoon of September 10, 2010. Her death is a loss to our country and our already small and diminishing population.