Businessman Robert Amar slammed the authorities for failing to put systems in place for the regulated manufacturing of motor-vehicle number plates. Amar was vocal on Tuesday night when a group going by the name of Concerned Citizens of Chaguanas held a candlelight vigil for women who were murdered or went missing.
The event took place in front of the Chaguanas Market and was organised by members of the business community.
Amar said 20 years ago there was talk that number plates should contain a scannable bar code.
“I was around when the proposal to get those number plates to carry a bar code was put forward, so that a police officer could use his cell phone and point at the number plate or you, with your cellphone, could have pointed at the number plate and tell if that number plate was real,” Amar said.
He added there is no tender out for the supply of number plates.
The businessman said if the system was in place, some crimes – including Andrea Bharatt’s murder – may not have even happened.
He also knocked government for taking close to 60 years to open a ballistic department in Cumuto.
“We have no ballistics until two weeks ago.”
Vishnu Charran, the president of the Chaguanas Chamber of Commerce also attended the vigil.
Charran said the business community was feeling the pain of Andrea’s violent death.
He said the community is standing in solidarity with the family and is also standing up against crime.
“To stand up and let our voices be heard in the corridors of power that enough is enough.”
Former Chaguanas East MP Fazal Karim said he is standing in solidarity with women and all those who want an end to gender-based violence.
Karim said women must be respected and valued.
He said early signs in boys that indicate deviant behaviour must be addressed.