Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is calling on the Government to implement electronic monitoring bracelets for offenders who have breached protection orders.
Her calls come on the heels of the brutal murder of Reshma Kanchan, who was killed by her estranged husband in Penal on Tuesday.
Persad-Bissesar said, “I am sad to learn that more of our women continue to face heinous acts of violence, many times at the hands of persons they once knew and trusted. We are also seeing where our Venezuelan sisters are not spared from these practices and I ask, what is being done in combating such heinous acts?”
She said the Government promised implementation of the electronic monitoring bracelets to help prevent repeated breaches of protection orders, but the country is yet to see this come to fruition.
“To the women who have experienced any form of violence I say to you, I understand your pain, I understand your suffering. I also want to say that you are stronger than you can ever imagine. Let us protect our women.”
She put out a challenge for everyone to be their sisters’ keeper.
“If you hear or see violence, Say Something! Do Something! Report abuse to the police – call 999 in case of an emergency or report directly to the TTPS app. I again call on the Government to pay serious attention to this out of control attack on our women.
She said that she will continue to fight for proper legislative protection and more social support for the women and children who are living in violent households and those who have escaped it.