Monday 19 November, 2018

Here’s What We Know: Enough of the attacks on our women and children

A pregnant woman, Adanique Cunningham, and her two daughters, Jayanna Coote, 7, and Shanique Coote, 4, who were hacked to death in Hanover earlier this year, reportedly by the children's father.

A pregnant woman, Adanique Cunningham, and her two daughters, Jayanna Coote, 7, and Shanique Coote, 4, who were hacked to death in Hanover earlier this year, reportedly by the children's father.

It’s simply enough; far too much!

In stark contrast to times gone by when women and children in the society could feel a sense of protection and insulation from the criminality that is ever-present, if only because of that unwritten code of principle that afforded a special place in the society for females – young or old - and children of both sexes.

Nowadays, hardly a week or so passes without another report of a dramatic or fatal attack on a woman or child, with last week being virtually littered with such circumstances and concerns.

The fact is, within the present ultra-challenging environment, in the face of crime-fighting gains on other fronts, the authorities need to go further and pull all the possible strategies and available resources together to put a lid on this noticeable assault on the women and children of Jamaica.

Plain and simple – we must be able to give meaningful reassurance of safety to at least the more vulnerable within the society, and this can only be accomplished through a national consensus of thought on the matter.

This is the subject in focus in Here’s What we Know this week, where the problem is highlighted and the authorities fervently urged to lead the charge to bring back some comfort to the nation’s women and children, by whatever legitimate means necessary!

 

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