Deyalsingh wants legislation to end domestic murders

 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.


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