Wed | May 27, 2020

Let’s not forget Jasmin Deen

Published:Friday | March 27, 2020 | 12:17 AM


Today, March 27, 2020, makes it approximately 30 days since the disappearance of Jasmin Deen, a visually impaired student at The University of the West Indies (UWI). There has been no word from the police or from her captor or captors indicating whether she is alive or dead. I’m still optimistic and hopeful of Jasmin Deen’s return.

The police have made some strides in their investigations. A person of interest is now in custody, and one of the country’s premier investigative bodies, the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA), has been engaged to spearhead the investigation. Which are good signs.


These developments will, of course, attract some questions as to why this missing-person case has had such an elevated national profile when others have not. Indeed, these are plausible and rational questions for which there are plausible answers. First, the fact that Jasmin Deen is visually impaired and did not have the capacity, like normal visually able persons, to discern, visually, whether she would be in danger, makes it a valid case, in my view.

Additionally, every attempt must be made to protect the visually impaired among us, and also the physically challenged. Every citizen of this country should consider this their collective responsibility and obligation to be part of this process.

My concern is, with the news being overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic, Jasmin Deen’s case might be relegated. I would hope that her case will continue to instil some hope that she will be returned unharmed.


Daytona, Greater Portmore