Shocking – isn’t it”?
This is the mildest word that THE NEW TODAY can find at the moment to describe the alleged rape of a former Woman Police Constable while on the job by one of her superiors – a man who currently holds a very high rank in the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF).
This newspaper conducted an interview lasting the better half of just over one-and-a-half hours with the WPC who has a rather sad story to tell of life as a member of our Security Forces.
Indeed, the lady sounds very credible as she outlined several instances of horrifying sexual encounters with some of her superiors even inside some police stations.
It is rather unfortunate that the Acting Commissioner of Police, Winston James did not take up the offer made by this newspaper to allow him to hear the interview that was conducted with this young officer who resigned as a member of the force and is now living abroad.
This story should not be allowed to die a natural death. The Prime Minister as Minister of National Security, Dr. Keith Mitchell should be calling on the Commissioner for a full briefing on the issue since Mr. James did receive a report from the young WPC on the alleged rape and other forms of sexual harassment by senior officers within RGPF.
If a criminal offence has been allegedly committed then the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) should be put on notice. We hereby do so in a public manner to all concerned.
The Grenada National Organisation of Women (GNOW) and other stakeholders especially the Civil Society grouping should also get involved in this issue of the alleged rape of a WPC by a senior member of the police force.
As a matter of fact, THE NEW TODAY is calling for a full and independent investigation into the allegations made against these police officers.
This paper is willing to co-operate and make available the entire interview that was conducted with the former WPC about her experiences as a female member of the force, to the appropriate authorities.
This is not only about that particular young lady but also about the other female officers in the force who might be afraid to come out in the open and speak out about sexual abuse at the hands of their superiors.
Our women folks must not be trampled upon. If a consenting woman declines an offer to go in bed with anyone then her right to say no must be respected.
In the coming weeks, this newspaper would be doing a series of articles and releasing to the public the sad story of this former member of the force.
The nation would be shocked to read some of the specific allegations including the brutal manner in which the WPC was taken to a house at Loretto in St. John’s and not only raped but put through other forms of sexual abuse at the hands of a senior police officer.
If a crime is committed – it matters not who the perpetrator is – whether a policeman or a civilian. Crime is crime. And the law should be the respecter of no one.
Finally, THE NEW TODAY would like to bring to the attention of the people of Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique an announcement that was made by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Republic Bank, Ronald Harford on the reasons why that particular financial institution cannot pay shareholders any dividends for the just ending half-year.
Mr. Harford laid the blame partly on Grenada’s default on payment of its debts to creditors.
Following is the notice, dated April 18, 2013, that was sent out to the shareholders of Republic Bank:
“ Dear Shareholder
For the half-year ended March 31, 2013, the Bank recorded a Loss After Tax of $8.031 million, compared to a Profit After Tax of $3.555 million for the corresponding period last year.
These results are driven, in the main by the Bank having to book, in accordance with the relevant International Accounting Standard, an impairment expense of $9.663 million largely due to a reduction in market value, consequent upon the default of the Government of Grenada on its Bond payment due on March 15, 2013.
Increases in our Provisions for loan Losses of $2.051 million also contributed to the Bank’s financial performance for the half-year. Nevertheless, the Bank’s balance sheet, and more particularly, its capital adequacy, remain strong.
Given these results, the Directors have not declared a dividend for the half-year.
As the new Government settles in, we eagerly look forward to the implementation of plans that will have a positive impact on the economy”.
The above speaks for itself. The government’s decision to default on payments on the national debt can have wide-ranging effects.
It is absolutely imperative that Grenadians keep praying for Prime Minister Mitchell and his New National Party (NNP) administration to find some way out of the debt throes that the country has found itself in due in large measure by some of the unfortunate loans that they contracted in their previous stint as our government.
If Dr. Mitchell succeeds to solve our debt crisis and to build the promised “New Economy” so much the better for Grenada but if he fails then as the saying goes, “Crapaud smoke we pipe”.