After today's protest, what next should Jamaicans do to end violence against women and children?
The Government definitely has to put in place more stringent laws to protect our women and children. The police need to step up patrol in some of these troubled communities and this is a good time to revisit the whole concept of the neighbourhood-watch programme, but as a nation we just will have to come together and be our brother's keeper.
After we have finished marching, we have to look seriously at strengthening our neighbourhoood watches, to be our neighbour's eyes and ears to ensure that things like this don't befall our women and girls again. The police also need to look at some strategic deployment to enhance community safety.
I honestly don't know because we can't keep our children in a box, we have to let them out but the Lord knows why he gave some of us knowledge to do certain things because I would cut it off inch by inch, that is the punishment that these men deserve.
We need to set up surveillance cameras in communities so that you can see what is happening. We also need to improve on community watch where certain systems are set up that people can pick up if anything wrong is happening. The Government also needs to put in harsher penalties for persons who commit crimes against women.
We have to protect the females from young to old. We all have to try and stand up for all women and to protect them. For instance, if you see a strange young girl on the streets certain time, we have to question her, find out if she is missing from somewhere. We need stricter penalties for persons who rape or abuse women.
After all the marching, it comes down to one thing, we have to get rid of those monsters who would rape an eight-year-old. They don't even deserve to go to jail, we should just put laws in place to have them, killed instantly because if we don't get rid of them, it is going to happen again very soon.
I believe we need to pursue serious legislative changes and come up with laws that will ensure that those who practise violence against our women and children be adequately punished. In addition, our court system is just not ideal and needs to be improved.
The present laws must be tougher so that those who seek to harm our women and children will pay a heavier price for their actions. It is a bit hard to expect the Government alone to take action so, as a nation, we all need to take a serious stand against criminality.
The investigative capacity of the police has to be improved in order to get conviction for these culprits. The judicial system is not encouraging; it takes far too long for matters to be dealt with. We need to take swift and decisive against these culprits.