Nalini Dial

Nalini Dial

Political Leader of the National Coalition for Transformation, Nalini Dial, has come out in support of the punishment issued by Helen Bartlett to her 12 year old daughter.

In a release Ms. Dial said it is her strong belief that our society has become, not only too lenient, but ‘modern’, in matters concerning discipline, and punishment.

She said as one who also faced serious discipline from her parents, it is necessary, in certain instances, to curb future wrongdoing.

Ms. Dial added the video clearly shows the reason for the punishment, and it was given together with certain orders, in a controlled manner.


pministerkamlaGovernment plans to review the legislation which prevents corporal punishment in schools to see whether or not it can be possible extended to the home.

Prime Minister, Kamla Persad Bissessar, speaking with reporters this afternoon said the issue is a sensitive and difficult one.
However, she said the matter is one which should be explored.

Her comments come on the heels of the posting of a video on social network in which a mother is seen beating her daughter after the child allegedly posted indecent pictures of herself on the site.


Her comments come on the heels of the posting of a video on social network in which a mother is seen beating her daughter after the child allegedly posted indecent pictures of herself on the site.

Mrs Persad Bisssesar reiterated that the government will continue to take action which will ensure protection and safety of the nation’s children.


Meanwhile, the child involved the controversy has apologized for action on social media.



stephen williams.jpg1Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams says an investigation is needed to determine whether or not charges can be laid against a mother physically disciplining on a Social Network.

He made the statement while attending today’s Police Weekly Press Briefing at the Administrative Building in Port of Spain.
The Commissioner said the first issue to be determined is where the video originated.


Mr. Williams said an investigation will immediately be launched into the contents of the video to determine the next step.


When questioned on how the Police will differentiate between being disciplined and abuse, the Commissioner said the Police Service will seek guidance.



PSC Chairman Prof Ramesh Deosaran

PSC Chairman Prof Ramesh Deosaran

President, Anthony Carmona, has nominated Professor (Emeritus) Ramesh Deosaran to be appointed as a member and Chairman of the Police Service Commission (P.S.C) with immediate effect.

A release from the Office of the President said Professor Deosaran was nominated after consultation with the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

The former Independent was sworn in as chairman of the P.S.C on April 14, 2011.


NEWS GRAPHIC 3The mother who posted a video of her 12 year-old daughter receiving a beating has stated that she has absolutely no regrets and is prepared to go to jail for her actions.

Point Fortin mother Helen Bartlett claimed that her focus was to set her child on the right path.

The mother of four yesterday said her daughter was her “problem child” who might be “acting out” because of neglect on her father’s part.

Bartlett’s elder daughter and the 12-year-old “problem child” have since posted a counter video in support of their mother.

They both said she was a good mother who just wanted what was best for her children

Bartlett’s action has sparked an island wide debate over whether she was engaging in discipline or child abuse.

Ms. Bartlett revealed that she tried numerous methods to deal with her daughter’s misbehavior including counseling.

She lamented that since the incident she has not heard from the child’s father who, according to her, has stated that he was not interested in a relationship with his daughter.
Ms. Bartlett gave the details on what led to the beating, she revealed that she saw a text message conversation between her daughter and a young man who was trying to convince her to have sexual intercourse.

The mother claimed on viewing her daughter’s profile she also found lewd pictures of her the girl.


Crime-PictureA forty one year old father of two is this country’s latest suicide victim.

Dead is Roger Ramsingh, a resident of Stone Road, Piparo. Police reports indicate that the man was found dead at his home around 6 pm yesterday.

The discovery was reportedly made by his 14 year old child who returned home from school to find his father in the nude and lifeless.

Officers say Ramsingh had reportedly been ailing for some time, having suffered with ulcerated stomach issues. A poisonous substance was reportedly found near to his body.

A post mortem is expected to be done tomorrow. Princes Town police are continuing their investigations.

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