The leader of the opposition, Doctor Gale Rigobert, has said that people are left to wonder whether the government is no longer alarmed by incidents of rape.
Rigobert said if the government was at all alarmed, it would give greater priority to correcting inefficiencies in the judicial system and reopening the forensic laboratory.
“The lack of urgency to address some of the issues suggests that the government is no longer alarmed,” she asserted.
Rigobert questioned whether the government has developed some insensitivity.
According to the Micoud North MP were that not the case, there would have been a greater level of urgency in enhancing some agencies to ensure they are properly resourced to deal with sex crimes.
She called on the government to make this a priority.
Rigobert recalled that the government had moved with haste recently to pass the tourism stimulus bill and other legislation.
“It makes one wonder where do the issues of safety and security fall within the priority of the government?” The opposition leader stated.
Rigobert expressed the view that the government needs to do more to convince the citizenry that it is interested in creating an environment of zero tolerance for sex crimes, especially given the recent spike in rapes.
She spoke against the backdrop of reports that two teenage girls were raped at gunpoint at Derek Walcott square on Friday.
According to the reports, the gunman suggested that he would not be caught.
The opposition leader asserted that if that were true, it would suggest that the perpetrator and other would be sex criminals are well aware of the gaps in the system.
Rigobert declared that that is even more reason for the government to give priority to creating an environment that sends a clear signal to would be rapists, that no stone would be left unturned in ensuring that rapists are caught and processed.