Crime, violence are fruits of bigger social problem

Friday, April 27, 2018

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Dear Editor,

It was a bloody 2017 for men, as the statistics revealed that close to 1,400 men lost their lives due to violence last year.

Men are heading down a dangerous slope that only ends with the pronouncement by a pathologist. What is sad is that boys are following the negative footsteps of dons and gang leaders.

The actions of the 'head' of the family are not only self-crippling but have affected the 'weaker sex' and are giving our country unwanted publicity.

Although the ratio of women to men murdered last year was 1:7, the rights groups still championed the cause of violence against women by staging protests and lobbying the Government to enforce stiffer penalties for the perpetrators.

Former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Prime Minister Andrew Holness have endorsed the call and condemned the actions of the evil culprits.

Is it ironic that all the negative places are filled with men (the rum bars and prisons) and the positive ones with women (churches and universities).

It is all well and good to advocate for violence against women, but we will only be going around in circles if there are no plans to redirect the energies of our boys who graduate into adult criminals.

It is clear that our boys are in desperate need of attention and this is seen with the growing number of boys recruited by dons into gangs. The dons/gang leaders have filled the void created by the absence of a positive father figure or male mentor.

The violence against women or men will not be solved by demonstrations, marches or even legislating stiffer penalties, but by addressing the root cause, which is a social problem.

Crime and violence are by-products of broken homes. Children live what they learn and we are reaping the rewards of what the dons have taught our boys.

Hezekan Bolton

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