Former Independent senator and Secretary of the Association of Psychiatrists of T&T (APTT) Dr Varma Deyalsingh is calling for legislative changes to mandatorily identify, track and assist men who have the potential to murder their partners.
His comments follow the death of Republic Bank worker Neisha Cyleane Sankar whose husband Harricharan Ramsundar chopped her to death, before ending his life. The couple’s 8-year-old son was asleep at the time of the attack.
In an exclusive interview with Guardian Media, Dr Deyalsingh said there should be a system in place to mandatorily assess people who show tendencies of violent aggression.
“Any single case of domestic violence should be reported, even if it is a slap. Once reported, the magistrate or the police should make it mandatory for the batterer to come in for an assessment. Using a questionnaire we can determine who is the abuser. We look at their life history, problems with the law, breaches, anger issues. This questionnaire could tell us if that person has the ability to kill,” Deyalsingh added.
He noted that in some cases, an abuser could be suffering from a borderline personality disorder.
“People have to realize that usually, their partner will get violent the moment that the abused partner decides to leave. That is the time you have to have a social worker to assist, a police officer should be there in place to monitor up to a year to ensure that nothing happens. A high level of vigilance has to be administered,” Deyalsingh said.
He noted that in cases where a protection order is obtained, there should be legislation to make it mandatory for the abuser to be given GPS tracking bracelets.
Deyalsingh said sometimes it is difficult for an aggrieved person to leave the abuser.