Trinidad: Pundit leads march against crime

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) Head of the Hin­dus­tan Shiv mandir Pun­dit Ka­she­va Go­sine has led devo­tees in a march against crime, say­ing many crimes in Princes Town go un­re­port­ed.

The pro­ces­sion marked the start of the Hin­du pe­ri­od of Navra­tri.

Go­sine said the nine nights of Bhag­wat (prayers) were meant to bring har­mo­ny in the com­mu­ni­ty hard hit by crime.

“Dur­ing the Nau­ratam pe­ri­od, Hin­dus cel­e­brate the fe­male as­pect of Dur­ga as she tri­umphs over neg­a­tiv­i­ty. Dur­ing tu­mul­tuous times of job loss and hope­less­ness, we are en­cour­ag­ing fam­i­lies to stand to­geth­er. The fam­i­ly that prays to­geth­er will stay to­geth­er. Crime is out of con­trol and many fam­i­lies are af­fect­ed. Many of the crimes com­mit­ted are not be­ing re­port­ed be­cause peo­ple are in fear. This is why we are high­light­ing this. We want fam­i­lies to pray to­geth­er to over­come these times,” Go­sine said.

Chair­man of the Princes Town Re­gion­al Cor­po­ra­tion Gowrie Roop­nar­ine who al­so joined the march said the pro­ces­sion was meant to bring about co­he­sion and sol­i­dar­i­ty among res­i­dents of Princes Town.

He al­so ex­pressed dis­sat­is­fac­tion with the spate of crime say­ing it was com­mend­able that re­li­gious or­ga­ni­za­tions were join­ing in a co­or­di­nat­ed ef­fort to high­light ris­ing crime.

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