“Slap and strip” statement: Manickchand says it was “nothing short of sexist”

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Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand
Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand

[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.

Minister of Health, Dr Bheri Ramsaran and Sherlina Nageer during the exchange in front the Whim's Magistrate's Court. [Mark Jacobs' Photo]
Minister of Health, Dr Bheri Ramsaran and Sherlina Nageer during the exchange in front the Whim’s Magistrate’s Court. [Mark Jacobs’ Photo]
“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.”

 

13 COMMENTS

  1. disgrace, disgrace, disgrace and shameful for Guyana, that’s what these ministers are. No integrity, no discipline, no finesse, nothing of the sort. They so shamelessly display their personalities publicly, just shameful for our dear land of Guyana. I totally agree with Prem, they should just keep their mouths shut.

  2. PPP OFFICIALS WOULD BE WELL ADVISE TO KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT EVERY TIME THEY SPEAK THEY ONLY EMBARRASS THE PARTY FURTHER AND MAKING IT HARDER FOR THE LIKES OF MS ELIZABETH HARPER TO DEAL WITH. WHAT THE HEALTH MINISTER NEEDS TO DO AS A DECENT HUMAN BEING IS TO TELL THE YOUNG LADY WHOM HE INSULTED HOW SORRY HE IS, BUT IT WILL TAKE A BIG MAN TO DO THAT.

  3. de homan is not a decent homan but de ppp bana had no right to tell she nothing..he should have ignored her..he too stupid not to know he was being set up by pnc

  4. In any other democratic society, the behavior of the health minister, so publicly displayed would merit immediate dismissal or voluntary resignation. Of course, the current political culture is far democratic.

  5. The Minister of Education is playing politics with what her college had done. She is condemning his behaviour and at the same time, trying to justify his actions by mentioning what others have done. She should have taken the high moral ground as a woman for all women. She should have stated that such a person is not worthy to be part of any government. Well I guess that would not be a good choice since winning the election at all cost is more important than standing on the side of womanhood.

  6. “Is it the dormant Sexual Abuse mentality of Bheri overcoming his fake demeanor?” you ask. Mr Cheddi, I think that this one is for Dr Phil, the American ‘shrink’ who would get the answer for us. BTW, do you recall me mentioning some months ago how this guy, Bheri Ramsaran always has a bloody sour face? Remember that blog?

  7. Monday gone, that’s the past last month is consider the past too and so is three, ten, and forty years ago.
    Now can anyone say whether the PNC would ever condemn Felix and Williams for their Drugs dealings?
    Planting illegal drugs on a female is not a crime?
    Can we consider the planting of drugs on a female by two top PNC men not sexist?
    Would the PNC still want These drugs dealer to be PNC Ministers?
    Where did they get the drugs from?
    How many tons of cocaine the PNC have?
    Is the PNC using their drugs money to finance their campaign?
    How many AK47 do they have in the drugs business?
    Please Google: “The Winston Felix and Basil Williams Tape”

  8. congrats to Priya for her statement against her colleague. Why when correcting one mistake you had to bring in the past are we moving ahead as a people or are we a sinking nation.

  9. It has nothing to do with the votes PPP will get because all of us women don’t agree with what happened but at the same time it’s not the PPP that did the bad deed, it was a minister.

  10. I totally agree with you Priya. Every one of them needs to be punished for what they say and do. It’s called justice. I can’t understand how a minister can’t control his choice of words. I also think that the people of this country needs to start showing more respect towards the ministers and president of this country. Lots of people don’t have respect for themselves much less authoritive figures.

  11. Priya Manickchand can condemn the action of Bheri Ramsarran. However, the paid PPP bloggers here will defend Bheri to the end.

    I am still puzzled as to why Bheri wants to STRIP Sherlina. Is it to bring shame and disgrace to Sherlina? Is it the dormant Sexual Abuse mentality of Bheri overcoming his fake demeanor? Is this the real Bheri coming to the fore?

    i wonder how many female votes the PPP will get on May 11.

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