Minister of the Environment and Drainage Dr Denis Lowe has called on those who argue that the Domestic Violence Amendment Bill 2016 would give the police too much power to see the good that the measure would do.
Contributing to the debate on the Bill, Lowe said the legislation had the power to save lives and would allow the police to be proactive.
Among the powers given to officers under the amended act is the authority to enter a home without a warrant if they had reason to believe that a protective order was being violated.
“Now I am not getting into the logistics of if the police has too much power or not; every life that we can save deserves to be saved.
“It is my view that I’d rather run the risk of arresting you because I thought a crime was going to occur, than not arresting you and then have to go back with a body bag. That’s the way that I see it,” the Member of Parliament for Christ Church East said.
Lowe also chastised the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) for its lack of input during the debate, which continued today for the second straight week.
Member of Parliament for St Thomas Cynthia Forde was the only BLP representative who spoke on the measure today, while Opposition Leader Mia Mottley and St James Central MP Kerrie Symmonds were noticeably absent.
“I will say this; the country must take note that on a significant debate like this, that really cuts at the heart of what the modern society should look like, that really penetrates the core of silence and bring to the fore an understanding and an opportunity to delve into the rudiments of protecting our women and our men and our children, it deserves to have the voice of anyone that seeks to lead this society,” Lowe emphatically stated to rapturous applause from colleagues on the Government side.
“I have no doubt that the Right Honourable Prime Minister is going to lend his voice to this debate, because he leads us from in front.” (RB)