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The International Women’s Resource Network (IWRN)says they fully support the call by the Commissioner of police to legalize the use of pepper spray as a protective mechanism for women. In a press release issued today, the IWRN stated that “women are now at extreme risk when commuting as there is currently no measures in place to protect them.”
The following is the full press release from the IWRN:

The IWRN is strongly supporting calls by Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith to the government to legalize pepper spray as a protective mechanism for WOMEN; the organization also notes that this call from the CoP came months before but has been ignored by the state.

His latest appeal comes on the heels of the alleged kidnapping of 23-year old Andrea Bharatt who was reported missing last Friday afternoon.

The organization warns that WOMEN are now at extreme risk when commuting as there is currently no measures in place to protect them; women who are inflicted by gender-based violence would also be afforded some means of protection.

For far too long innocent women have lost their lives at the hands of demonic men posing as transport providers with the most recent being Ashanti Riley who went missing on November 29th last year and was found murdered five days later.

The organization is of the view that due to severity of the challenges plaguing the society women may eventually take matters into their own hands to preserve their lives. The organization adds that through its work with families, individuals engaged in committing heinous crimes against women were emotionally scarred in one way or other either in their childhood and/or adult life and so, feel motivated by exhibiting toxic behavior aimed at hurting/injuring the lives of others.