Prime Minister Andrew Holness, has pleaded to the church for help at the National Day of prayer service, with what he calls a “crime epidemic”.
In the speech, he gave he spoke on a few things concerning the Police, Corporal punishment by parents and the reform of approach to crime-fighting.
In calling out the police on their shortcomings, the Prime Minister stated that the lawmen are not taking cases of domestic violence seriously as whenever situations like those occur they are brushed off as ” Man and woman issues”, that Mr Holness said should be dealt with properly.
For the situation concerning corporal punishments, the Prime Minister stated that many times, children are beaten by their parents as a form of revenge and out of frustration which according to him is not a correct way to deal with those things.
The leader of Opposition, Mark Golding also spoke at the church service, making it known that the Covid-19 situation has provided an opportunity to forge a more caring and equitable society, where everyone is equal in value and worth.
In closing off his talks, Prime Minister Holness stated that the violence prevention commission has been given the task to come up with law adjustment suggestions based on their study of crime patterns in Jamaica, to chart a path to deal with the modern legal system.
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