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Georgetown Mayor, His Worship Pt. Ubraj Narine has issued a stern warning that “alleged manipulation of the justice system not only hampers and frustrates the pursuit of truth and justice but also sends a chilling message to survivors of sexual and other violence across the nation, but it perpetuates a culture of impunity and injustice, inequality, and disturbing dismissal.”
In a statement, Narine said recent disturbing revelations that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) government’s has allegedly manipulated the justice system to protect Minister Nigel Dharamlall from facing the consequences of a crime is unfortunate.
“It is alleged that Minister Dharamlall, a prominent member of the PPP, allegedly raped a sixteen-year-old indigenous schoolgirl. This shocking incident has once again shed light on the questions of the systems of justice, leaving the Guyanese people feeling betrayed and questioning the integrity of those entrusted to protect their rights.”
The allegations against Dharamlall are deeply troubling the mayor noted, as these involve a vulnerable member of our society—a young schoolgirl who should have been safe and protected.
He warned the gravity of the accusations cannot be understated, and it is of utmost importance that a fair and impartial investigation be conducted to determine the truth and ensure justice is served.
He noted, also, accusations levelled against the PPP government, and subsequent actions and machination, suggest a disturbing manipulation of the justice system to shield one of their own, undermining the principles of fairness, transparency, and accountability. “Such actions, if proven true, would be an affront to justice and an insult to the Guyanese people who deserve to have faith in their government and legal institutions.”
According to the mayor any manipulation of the justice system discourages victims of discrimination from powerful people. This he said erodes trust in the very institutions that should protect them.
Calling the practice, a regressive pattern, he said it is important for society to address the situation urgently to restore faith in the rule of law and the justice system.
“I call upon the PPP government to take immediate and decisive action to address these allegations and ensure an independent investigation into the matter. The Guyanese people demand transparency, accountability, and an unwavering commitment to the principles of justice. The Guyanese people deserve no less. It is crucial that survivors feel safe and supported when reporting such crimes, and that they can trust that the justice system will respond effectively and impartially.”
The purported manipulation of the justice system also highlights the urgent need for comprehensive reforms to ensure the independence and integrity of our legal institutions, he posited. To this end, the mayor would like to see civil society organisations and concerned individuals unite in demanding justice, accountability, and a system that safeguards the rights of all Guyanese citizens. “The time for change is now, and the Guyanese people will not rest until justice prevails and trust is restored in our justice system.”