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Monday, January 23, 2006 

Gender Affairs director speaks out on domestic violence
Monday January 23 2006

Director of Gender Affairs Ingrid Charles-Gumbs has spoken out against domestic violence in St. Kitts/Nevis.

“As the principal delegate in SKN for women’s issues, I’m just concerned that some of the old ideas about women and ownership of women still persist today and some of us in this society are willing to excuse this type of behaviour for all kinds of reasons,” Charles-Gumbs said.

She made this comment against the backdrop of an incident last weekend where 32-year-old Nidya Wharton of Ogee’s Village was attacked in her home by a man and chopped about her body and face.

“We have got to be vigilant, it’s not a man against woman issue, it’s a national issue ... As simple as it looks, the domestic violence situation is right at the centre of a lot of the societal violence,” Charles-Gumbs said.

Wharton remains at the Joseph N. France General Hospital, while Ashton ‘Tuba” Williams of Newtown, Basseterre was arrested and charged in connection with the incident.

He is facing a charge of break-in and entering, but police officials have indicated that additional charges will be filed.

Williams is remanded at Her Majesty’s Prison.

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