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Horrifying beating, says Grange of video

Published:Friday | March 25, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports Olivia Grange has responded with disgust at a video released Monday on a popular American website, which shows a Jamaican man beating a woman.

"If the incident which I saw on this video recording is indeed true, I am horrified at the way the young woman was treated by the man," Grange, who has responsibility for gender affairs, said in an emailed statement yesterday.

"I strongly condemn violence against women in all shapes or forms. And, I wish to point out that such acts of physical and psychological violence are a clear violation of women's human rights," the statement went on to say.

Throughout the graphic video, the incensed man holds the woman and repeatedly hits her in the face and on the body.

Cheered on

The man, who is cheered on by others in the community, also kicks the woman more than once. At one point, the woman throws a stone at the man.

"Such acts of violence should never occur and, furthermore, be condoned by bystanders, including other women, men and children. Each of us has a collective responsibility to protect and support each other. The community has a vital role to play," Grange also said.

The video, up to news time yesterday, had registered more than 417,616 views. The video was also shared 34,000 times on social-networking site Facebook.

In the meantime, the police have declined to comment on the video which was forwarded to them on Monday.

When The Gleaner contacted the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse, an officer there said although they had watched the video, they would offer no comment on whether they would be issuing a call for the woman to report the matter or if it was dealt with.