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Grange welcomes probe into alleged trimming of Rasta Woman

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, embraces Edward Fray, a survivor of the 1963 Coral Gardens incident, after the formal establishment of the Trust in December 2019. Also pictured is Isaac Wright, another survivor.

August 3, 2021 | Zhane Squire |

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has welcomed the decision of the Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, to order an investigation in to claims that the police in Clarendon forcibly trimmed the locks of a young Rastafarian woman of the Nyabinghi Order.

Minister Grange :

“If the allegation is true, it would be gross violation of the young woman’s human rights and a very serious disrespect to sacred religious practice.

It is wrong for any person forcibly cut the hair of another person, or discriminate or deny services because of how a person wears his/her hair.

I await the Commissioner’s investigation and the actions that will follow. The investigation must be quick and transparent; and if the allegations are proven, there must be sanctions against those responsible.

I agree with General Anderson’s statement that any police officer who in 2021 would violate any person’s rights in this way would not be suitable to continue as a policeman/woman. ”

Source Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports.


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