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AJ has gone way too far

Published:Tuesday | November 4, 2014 | 11:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: If Jamaica were any other country, A.J. Nicholson would no longer be a minister of government.

Rape is such a horrible and despicable crime. It is very offensive for any lawmaker to joke about it. Even though it long became clear that Senator Nicholson no longer held the tact necessary to continue with his government portfolio, this time, he has really outdone himself.

Mr Nicholson's flippant comment about "flexi-rape" warrants his immediate removal as minister. Such 'jokes' have no place in modern Jamaican politics and no Jamaican should tolerate such abuse against our women.

I have come to the realisation that civil society and other interest groups have set the bar relatively low for Prime Minister Simpson Miller, so I will not call on her for anything. I would suggest that the minister resign in the best interest of the country and its image globally.

Sexual assault and rape have been serious issues for Jamaica over the years. In 2012, then Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington had to transfer officers to CISOCA to help stem a noteworthy increase in rape. And Minister Nicholson has the gall to turn a cold shoulder to critics? Distasteful!

R. WALSH

bryanwalsh@hotmail.com

St Andrew