[www.inewsguyana.com] – Following weeks of protests by several rights advocacy groups, two men were yesterday charged for allegedly gang raping a Mahdia woman in September.
Mark Gobin and Deonand Persaud of Leonora and Zeeburg, West Coast Demerara appeared at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court and pleaded not guilty to the offence of rape.
They were released on $100,000 bail each and are scheduled to re – appear in Court on November 10.
A number of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) protested at the Ministry of Health’s Brickdam location on October 08, over what they deemed as the insensitive and unfair treatment of the rape victim.
The protest was spearheaded by Red Thread and supported by the Amerindian People’s Association (APA), Gay Rights advocacy group SASOD, Guyana Trans United and private citizens who are all calling for justice for the Amerindian woman, who claimed she was sexually violated by two popular businessmen in the interior location.
These NGOs said they were pushed to protest against the injustice after the police were seemingly taking sides with the perpetrators and recommendations were made by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to charge one of the men with assault instead of rape.
The alleged rape victim broke her silence in condemnation of her attackers and the role members of the Guyana Police Force played in protecting the alleged perpetrators.
The Amerindian mother of one explained that she was drugged and brutally raped by two popular businessmen in her community on September 27. She claims she knows who they are.
According to the woman, she was in a room, when one of the men entered and forced himself on her. She believes that she was drugged, as she claimed that she fell asleep, only to wake up and find another man having sex with her.
The woman, who is a domestic worker, said she tried to fight off her attackers but could not manage because she felt weak.
“He take off my clothes and started to have sex with me, I told him not to do it but he still keep on doing it”, she said.
She said she was severely bitten by the men. Following the incident, she said she told a co – worker, who took her to the hospital and the police station.
They were both brought to Georgetown by President of the Women Miner’s Association, Simona Bromes.