[www.inewsguyana.com] – Hours after Health Minister, Dr Bheri Ramsaran issued an apology for some disparaging remarks that were made to a female women’s right activist, Education Minister Priya Manickchand 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. He must apologise and retract what he said.”
The Minister said she unreservedly condemn his choice of words.
“I believe he could have and indeed he was entitled to defend himself if he felt threatened by an assault. I don’t believe he is entitled to slap anybody just for fun or to strip anybody….and it is these backward utterances that he must apologise for. He may also wish to do some soul searching and see if that is really how he feels about women, irrespective of whether they are irritants. He must examine how he feels about his responsibility to answer members of the public irrespective of if those said members are asking questions in an unconventional way,” Manickchand stated.
However, she said that it was the moral ills of society that have manifested to allow such sentiments to be expressed in the public without having to be uncomfortable about it.
“When you didn’t speak about Henry Green getting an injunction against a woman who was claiming he raped her, you laid the ground for this sentiment and comfort expressing this sentiment.When you failed to speak up when Raphael Trotman got an injunction against a rape victim, prohibiting that victim from telling his story, you laid the ground for this sentiment and comfort expressing this sentiment. When you heard Felix saying on a tape he will plant drugs on a maid at the airport because his friend had complained that she had stolen some money from Congress Place and you failed to then call for his resignation and further accepted him as a leader now of the opposition, you essentially built a throne for sentiments like Ramsaran’s.”