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Rape/chopping of 15-y-o St Mary girl condemned by child protection watchdog

Published:Monday | September 9, 2013 | 1:07 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



The Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) is condemning yesterday's brutal rape/attack on a 15-year-old St Mary girl, who is now battling for life in hospital.




The girl’s father, who is said to be responsible, was shot dead by the police after challenging them with a machete during yesterday’s episode.



It is alleged that the man severely chopped and stabbed his daughter after raping her in bushes close to their home in Highgate.



The OCR says it is concerned that such an unfortunate incident could have occurred in the life of a child.



OCR registrar, Greig Smith, says the incident is a reminder of the abuse faced by Jamaica’s children and underscores the need for communities to act in the best interest of the country’s youngest citizens.



He says child abuse is everybody’s business and can no longer be treated as private or family affair.



The registry is also commending the action of the child who raised an alarm and alerted residents who went to the aid of the teenage girl.



The OCR says it will assist the family and community through sensitisation sessions aimed at raising awareness levels about child abuse and ways to protect children.



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