By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Opposition Leader, David Granger believes that Commander of the ‘A’ Division, Clifton Hicken should face some amount of internal discipline following his statement that the way women dress could encourage men to rape them.
The Opposition Leader told iNews that Hicken is a Senior Officer and is in command of the most populace division of Guyana and “it is certainly a reckless and irresponsible statement for him to make.”
According to Granger, “I would expect that there will be some internal disciplinary procedure and perhaps he can be given a posting which does not require more statesmanship or more careful and prudent behaviour.”
The Opposition Leader pointed out that Hicken’s remarks are offensive to women and victims of rape.
“I would expect that the Police would at the minimum put him in a position where he does not have the opportunity to make such reckless remarks in the future. But certainly Commader of the ‘A’ Division is the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Granger told iNews.
Women Rights Group, Red Thread has also come out in condemnation of Hicken’s statement, calling on him to withdraw it.
However, the Commander has since defended his statement, saying that it was taken out of context.
Hicken at a news conference on Monday, November 17 cautioned women not to dress in a manner that encourages this illegal act that has claimed the lives of a few victims.
“While we try to prevent somebody from committing the offence we must ensure that we do not create an atmosphere for it to happen,” he said; adding that “and that is why we advocate for young females within a certain age group who are vulnerable, between 13 – 18, to always embrace an attire that is accepted morally.”
He said women and girls must ensure they do not dress in any manner that “plays into the agenda” of a rapist.