[www.inewsguyana.com] –Former President Donald Ramotar’s decision to issue a presidential pardon to a child killer is not sitting well with the Guyana Coalition for Children, who have come out against that decision, expressing its shock and distress in this regard.
Ravindra Deo was serving a life imprisonment sentence for killing 8 – year-old Vishnu Bhim of Annandale East Coast Demerara in 1994. Prior to this sentence he was given the death penalty, which was later commuted to a life sentence.
Bhim was the only child of his parents, who have since migrated to the United States. The parents, Heeralall and Chaimwatie Bhim are reportedly in a state of shock and disbelief.
The organization in a media release stated that, “today, he is free to live how he wishes. On the other hand, innocent eight-year-old Vishnu is dead; his parents and family will never see his potential realized, and our society has been robbed of his contribution.”
Additionally, the non-governmental organization stated that too many adults in this society have contributed to the abuse of children or have stood by silently while children are being abused and violated, most often by someone they know and love.
“The Guyana Coalition for Children reiterates that all forms of child abuse can be prevented. The abuse of children must not be tolerated, and abusers of children must receive the full penalties the law attaches to this heinous crime.”
The organization has since appealed to the new government to place children’s issues at the heart of developing Guyana and to address this injustice without any delay.
They are mulling over any legal options available to them.
The child killer, who is now 39, was just 19 years old when he kidnapped and murdered the 8 year-old who was on his way home from school. He had reportedly demanded a ransom of $1M.
Following the child’s murder, Deo was arrested in America Street, on December 1, 1994. He then led detectives to the boy’s body which was bound gagged and battered in the backdam at La Bonne Intention.