Residents of Biche engage in a candlelight vigil in the community on Wednesday night. (Image: KRISTIAN DE SILVA)
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Hundreds of residents from the rural communities of Biche, Charuma and Plum Mitan held a candlelight vigil along the Cunapo Southern Main Road, on Wednesday night.

The vigil and march were organized by members of the Biche Sports Club to highlight the recent upsurge in domestic violence, particularly against women.

Cyril Jagdeo, president of the Biche Sports Club, said it was important for citizens to support each other during this “terrible time”.

“Our hearts go out to everyone who has lost a loved one.  We are totally against domestic violence.  Women are supposed to be able to walk the streets as free as possible,” he said.

He added: ” Men, you need to control yourselves.  Women need to be respected.  They are not targets.  They are not prey.  They are human beings like yourself and they need to be respected.”

One resident, Cathyann Thomas-Baksh, said she was concerned about the plight of vulnerable women and children.

“We just want to make a change. Anything that we can do to make a change we will do it. We just want a stop to all the violence against women and children,” Thomas-Baksh said.