New Act will save lives: Lowe

Minister of the Environment and Drainage Dr Denis Lowe has called on those who argue that the Domestic Violence Amendment Bill 2016 would give the police too much power to see the good that the measure would do.

Contributing to the debate on the Bill, Lowe said the legislation had the power to save lives and would allow the police to be proactive.

Among the powers given to officers under the amended act is the authority to enter a home without a warrant if they had reason to believe that a protective order was being violated.

“Now I am not getting into the logistics of if the police has too much power or not; every life that we can save deserves to be saved.

“It is my view that I’d rather run the risk of arresting you because I thought a crime was going to occur, than not arresting you and then have to go back with a body bag. That’s the way that I see it,” the Member of Parliament for Christ Church East said.

Lowe also chastised the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) for its lack of input during the debate, which continued today for the second straight week.

Member of Parliament for St Thomas Cynthia Forde was the only BLP representative who spoke on the measure today, while Opposition Leader Mia Mottley and St James Central MP Kerrie Symmonds were noticeably absent.   

“I will say this; the country must take note that on a significant debate like this, that really cuts at the heart of what the modern society should look like, that really penetrates the core of silence and bring to the fore an understanding and an opportunity to delve into the rudiments of protecting our women and our men and our children, it deserves to have the voice of anyone that seeks to lead this society,” Lowe emphatically stated to rapturous applause from colleagues on the Government side.

“I have no doubt that the Right Honourable Prime Minister is going to lend his voice to this debate, because he leads us from in front.” (RB)

4 Responses to New Act will save lives: Lowe

  1. SSS February 3, 2016 at 9:18 am

    You have no credibility. Domestic violence definitely needs legislation, but persons like yourself and your government certainly need integrity and accountability legislation as well. Its amazing how quickly you can get this legislation up and running and the one for ITAL, you find the world of excuses because it would put a stop to the wheel and deal relations between politicians and the business community

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  2. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole February 3, 2016 at 10:32 am

    A clean environment with regular garbage pick ups, removal of the tipping fee that prevents illegal dumping and the breeding of mosquitos will also save lives.

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  3. SAM CLARKE February 3, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    AGAIN THIS IS A BAD BILL AND MUST BE FOUGHT TOOTH AND NAIL BY THE PEOPLE OF BARBADOS. EVERY BAJAN MUST COME OUT AGAINST THIS BIL , NO MATTER WHICH PARTY YOU SUPPORT.
    THIS BILL MUST NEVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY IN BARBADOS, FOR THIS IS THE KIND OF BILLS THAT ARE PRESENTED BY DESPOTIC GOVERNMENTS. THE LIKES OF IDI AMIN, , ERIC GAIRY, POL POT, AND ADOLPH HILTER.

    THIS BILL HARKENS BACK TO THE NAZIS IN Kristallnacht IN GERMANY. PEOPLE, YOU MUST FIGHT THIS BILL TO THE FULLEST. YOU WILL WAKE UP ONE MORNING , AND FIND THAT THE STORM TROOPERS ARE BREAKING DOWN OUR DOORS. NO, NO, AND NO TO THIS BILL. IF THIS BILL SHOULD EVER BE ENACTED ON THE LAW BOOKS, OF BARBADOS,THERE WILL BE A FUNNY NIGHT IN BARBADOS.
    TO THINK THAT ON OUR 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE, THIS GOVERNMENT, IS ABOUT TO LAY SIEGE TO OUR LIBERTIES.

    THIS IS A TIME THAT WE NEED A ROBUST OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL FROM EVERY SECTOR OF THE BAJAN COMMUNITY.
    THE ACTS THAT BARBADOS REALLY NEEDS, ARE ACTS TO PUT THE LIKES OF THE CLICO ACCOMPLICES AND OTHER CORPORATE FRAUDSTERS, THAT HAVE BEEN REEKING ECONOMIC SOCIAL AND CULTURAL PAIN ON BARBADOS. YET YOU CHOOSE TO BRING THIS INHUMANE ACT TO LEVEL ON THE BACKS OF THE BAJAN PEOPLE?

    THE WAY THAT IT IS GOING IN BARBADOS, ALL CURRENT INDICATIONS ARE LEADING TO FUNNY NIGHTS.

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  4. M King February 3, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    Do you think you have a right to beat or abuse your wife, husband, boyfriend or girlfriend.
    Domestic violence is not a right its a wrong
    This is what happened to our forefathers during slavery and it seem as though we are now doing the same.
    Barbados has to get real tough on these monsters who abuse other human beings.
    Train police officers at every station in Domestic Violence.
    Enforce orders of protection strictly.
    I grew up in Britton’s Hill and as a kid I saw men beating women many times . It is a cycle and learned behavior kids in these relationships need to be counseled it is a very, very serious problem and should be treated as such.

    The opposition sounds like the NRA in the United States talking about the second amendment.
    Please pass this Act. I am neither BLP nor DLP. I am for saving human life.
    Please pass the Act already.

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