For Immediate Release
Comments made by the Member of Parliament for MICAL, Mrs. Miriam Emmanuel, were unfortunate and disheartening. Our disappointment is exacerbated by the fact that her statements appear to have been premeditated and carefully thought out prior to delivery. The Bahamian people watched with dismay as no Member of Parliament present during the delivery condemned or distanced themselves from the insensitive statements.
The trend that is developing in the Bahamian Parliament which trivializes the serious epidemic of domestic violence is alarming and further demonstrates that there is much work to be done in our society to address this social ill. Our leaders cannot be insensitive to the plight of victims of domestic violence and should not appear to be oblivious to the pain and suffering of individuals that fall prey to this menace daily.
We note that Mrs. Emmanuel has expressed regret for her utterances in the people’s Parliament and has offered an apology. This is welcomed, as under no circumstance should violence against men, women or children be condoned or appear to be condoned in jest, analogy or otherwise. We are hopeful that the MICAL MP will go a step further by contributing her time, talents and resources to advocacy, efforts and initiatives geared towards raising awareness and alleviating the menace of domestic violence that plagues our nation.
Arinthia S. Komolafe