Support for embattled Rastafarian parents
Close to a dozen members of the Rastafarian community today stood in quiet solidarity with two members of the religious sect, as they were due to be sentenced for refusing to send their children to school.
Last month Ijui Jah and his partner Isartes Ibre were both found guilty of breaching Section 41 of the Education Act on the grounds that there was no record of the children attending formal classes.
The children have since been placed in the custody of their paternal grandmother. However, the parents insist that their son and daughter were being homeschooled and say they are prepared to face their fates.
With the matter due to come up in the District ‘A’ Court, several Rastafarians were gathered outside the courthouse from around 9 o’clock this morning under the watchful eye of police.