Gender Affairs Minister, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, has condemned the recent spate of murders of women and children.
Speaking in the House of Representatives this afternoon, Minister Grange says the Parliament should join in condemning the killings.
Among other killings, Minister Grange pointed to the murder of 14-year-old Yetanya Francis, whose partially burnt body was found in Trench Town just five minutes away from her home. She says such attacks are causing fear among women and children.
She says her Ministry is moving to find solutions to end the violence.
Minister Grange noted that the recommendations of a Joint Select Committee to review laws regarding gender-based violence will be tabled before the end of the month.
However, she says it will take more than tougher laws to bring perpetrators to justice.
Meanwhile, Minister Grange says there’s been a significant reduction in the number of child abuse cases that haven’t been investigated. She told the House of Representatives this afternoon that there were some 5,000 uninvestigated cases. But, that number has been reduced to just 400.