By Radha Motielall
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Former President Bharrat Jagdeo is the latest PPP Executive Member to have condemned the utterances of Health Minister, Dr. Bheri Ramsaran, who verbally attacked and disrespected women’s right activist, Sherlina Nageer.
Addressing the matter, Jagdeo said “personally, I think it should have never happened … it was distasteful”.
Speaking to the media at Freedom House on Wednesday, April 22, the Former President said “we should never say such things about anyone, particularly women”.
He also used the forum to respond to the statement made by Nageer during the said confrontation, where Dr. Ramsaran was told that Jagdeo beat his wife, stating that “I saw they said that I beat my wife, you can ask her. Let me make it clear to everyone, I have never physically abused a single woman in my entire life, including my ex-wife…never ever done that”.
Jagdeo said that the People’s Progressive Party does not condone disparaging things said about women, especially things that can be described as sexist.
He said even though the Minister was provoked, he should not have made such remarks towards Nageer.
The Health Minister was previously criticized by Party comrades including the Prime Ministerial Candidate, Elizabeth Harper and Education Minister, Priya Manickchand.
Harper, who has vowed to represent women issues said: “The comments made by Minister Ramsaran were unfortunate and regrettable. As a woman, but more so a human being with conscience, I share the sentiments of many that this has revealed that we have to do much more to secure the full respect for the rights of our women particularly what women stand for and how they should be seen.”
Manickchand also condemned her cabinet colleague for the statement, calling it “sexist.”
“Shut your mouth and get out my face…I am not entertaining you…You idiot, we have less maternal deaths. I am a Candidate leading these people. We are going to win the elections and do better….Get the hell out of my face… eff off”, said Dr Ramsaran in the audio recording.
He went on to tell the woman that she is “a little piece of shit…idiot,” and asked a nearby police officer to intervene.
“I would slap her ass, you know. Just for the fun. I can have some woman strip her right there,” the Minister said in his diatribe
Manickchand, in her a social media post, described the remarks as “nothing short of sexist (he wouldn’t have thought of stripping a man), disrespectful, vulgar and stupid.