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CITIZENS ACCUSE MAN OF HARASSING SCHOOLGIRL

A viral video of a Trinidadian man being detained is circulating around social media. The man is accused of harassing an 11 years old schoolgirl as she waited for transport to go to school. The footage, which was shared on various social media platforms, showed the man sitting on the pavement against a wall while he was interrogated by villagers. A woman could be heard saying “look how the child crying, the child shaking, the child frighten,”. The man was heard telling the villagers that he was from cedros and claimed that he knew the child. Earlier this week, a 72-year-old pastor was charged with sexually molesting a minor. In a separate incident, a 21-year-old man was held after sexually exploiting a 14-year-old schoolgirl. Trinidad and Tobago citizens have expressed anger after a number of cases of sexual assault being committed against women and girls and some have taken matters into their own hand. In June 2018, a man was tied up and beaten by villagers in oropune gardens after they claimed that he was luring a girl away from her parents. The man subsequently died of his injuries and the allegations were never confirmed and on October 10, a suspect was held in connection with the rape of an eight-year-old girl. The suspect, who was allegedly known to the girl, was caught lying on top of her by her brother. The boy was then brutally beaten until persons heard his cries and rescued him. The Trinidad and Tobago authorities have warned citizens against the use of undue force and acts of vigilantism and are urged to contact the police in cases involving suspected crimes.

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