The National Council of and for Older Persons has condemned this week’s attack on an elderly La Clery couple by five cutlass wielding men, which resulted in 90-year old Raju Auguste sustaining a laceration to the hand.
Auguste and his 71 year old wife, Olive, were in the shop they operate near the Seventh Day Adventist church when the attack occurred on Tuesday night.
Nothing was taken from the shop.
The President of the National Council of and for Older Persons, Peter Fevrier, told the Times that it is quite clear that as a nation, Saint Lucia has to stand up and represent its elders.
“There are three concepts that must not leave our minds – we have to love them, respect them and give them the kind of reverence that we should as a Christian nation,” Fevrier said.
He declared that all attacks, violent or otherwise, which are perpetrated against older people must be denounced.
The official asserted that there must be a sustained education programme to help people understand how to treat older folks and appropriate laws against the abuse of the elderly.
“I will say outright that we cannot tolerate this anymore and it is time that we stand up and instruct our authorities to take care of such matters and deal with persons who take the liberty to attack and hurt our elders,” Fevrier told the Times.
According to him, the attack on the elderly couple demonstrates that morals locally are degraded.