Castration or the Gallows!!!

Every time a minor is sexually abused in Grenada, there is a loud outcry by the public and within days of the incident it is back to business as normal.

The brutal weekend rape and killing of 9-year old Ariel should provide the perfect platform for us as a country and people to put on the table for discussion the best possible way to deal with rapists.

We have to find a way to curb the violent sexual desires of rapists in Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique.

THE NEW TODAY is suggesting the possible introduction of a law to provide for castration of some of these sex offenders.

It is not a ground-breaking suggestion as castration is used in some parts of the world to deal with these undesirables in society.

Eight states in the U.S allow chemical or surgical castration of sex offenders -California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Montana, Oregon, Texas, and Wisconsin.

The treatment of sex offenders by castration through the use of certain prescription drugs is common practice throughout the United States.

Of the eight states, Florida in particular allows sentenced prisoners to choose surgical castration in lieu of prison time.

There is a known case in the U.S in which a convicted rapist was given a pardon by a Governor and went on to rape and murder at least two other women after his release in 1999.

In India, after the outrage following the recent gang rape of a woman in Delhi, the Government submitted a draft law proposing chemical castration along with an imprisonment of up to 30 years for rape convicts as part of the anti-rape law in India.

The relevant ministry in India is preparing a detailed bill and the recommended changes are under review.

This newspaper is calling on the legal authorities in Grenada to fast-track the accused person in the killing of Ariel through the system and to use him at the appropriate time as an example to all would-be rapists and pedophile.

The Labour Party government of late Prime Minister Sir Eric Matthew Gairy responded positively to the tremendous public outcry in the 1970’s when a young woman from St. David’s was raped and murdered by a Gang of Men led by the infamous “Precious” who had just been released from prison after serving a lengthy sentence for rape.

THE NEW TODAY is calling on the two major political parties on the island, as well as the smaller ones and the independent candidates to state publicly what they intend to do with rapists in our midst.

Our position is firm – castration – in some cases and those who do not submit themselves to that kind of punishment then the only alternative for them is the Gallows.

This newspaper would like to make some passing comments on the takeover of power in Zimbabwe by the military leaders and the downfall of the longstanding President, Robert Mugabe.

It is sad the way that this man who led his country to freedom from white minority rule in 1980 had to exit after holding onto power for too long through a dictatorship.

The Eastern Caribbean is replete with leaders who do not know when to quit and pass the baton onto more younger and fresh legs to take the development process to another level.

Leaders like Dr. Keith Mitchell in Grenada and Denzil Douglas in St. Kitts have been holding onto the leadership of their parties for over 25 years and are not grooming anybody from within to take over the mantle from them.

These leaders only talk about succession plans in the making but cannot point to anyone who they have groomed for the job at hand.

This newspaper finds rather interesting some remarks made this past week by a former senior member of Denzil Douglas’ administration, Dwyer Astaphan who believes that the former PM and now Opposition Leader in St. Kitts should have passed on the leadership a long time ago.

He said: “I think we have seen his (Douglas) best days …I think he should have gone long ago. He is the leader of the party since 1989 … and the fact that he holding on so long in the labour party it is frustrating the ambitions of younger fresh leaders with new and different visions to carry the party and possibly the country into the next dispensation.”

Astaphan went on: “In other words the people around him (Douglas), the only chance of them becoming the leader is over his dead body. I don’t know if that is an approach that encourages upward mobility and encourages brain power into your organisation to keep it relevant going forward”.

The once mighty and powerful Grenada United Labour Party (GULP) of Sir Eric died with him since he failed to put a succession plan in place.

Today, the sons and daughters of GULP are now scattered within the two major political parties on the island – NNP and NDC – due to Gairy’s failure to look beyond himself.

Is NNP heading in the same direction?


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