We have all seen and heard the controversy revolving around the police conducting searches in and on citizen's vehicles and property. Do the police have a right to do such searches? What are citizen's rights in regard to this issue? To clear the air, let's look at some of the powers given to the police to conduct searches in T&T.
If a person assaults, obstructs or resists a police officer in the execution of his duties, that person can be found guilty of a criminal offence.
Being persistently harassed by someone can be psychologically damaging. The effects of harassment on a victim can range from simple irritation to persistent anxiety and it can even lead to extreme depression. So what can a person do if he/she is being harassed by someone?
It is imperative that we protect all children from abuse and ensure that the rights of all children are upheld.
Some of us have been in situations where we were inappropriately touched or grabbed by someone and felt violated. It may have happened while at work or while out at a party with friends or even done by someone we thought could be trusted. So what exactly is indecent assault and what are the consequences one can face if guilty in T&T?
Under the Constitution of Trinidad and Tobago, every person who is arrested or detained has certain rights.
Animal cruelty is the abuse toward or neglect of an animal. It happens to all different types of animals and in every corner of the world. It is also preventable and unnecessary. In Trinidad and Tobago there are laws to protect our furry pals with stiff (appropriate) penalties.
A marriage or common law relationship may start with a happy blissful beginning but it may become abusive over time. What if the wife is being forced to have sexual intercourse with her husband - can she do something about it? Is it against the law?
The incidence of rape and sexual assault in T&T is an issue with which we should all be concerned. In July 2019, the Rape Crisis Society of Trinidad and Tobago indicated that they noticed an increasing trend since 2016 - with 3 per cent more of their clientele reporting rape, sexual violence and domestic violence. We've even seen a local soca star recently charged with attempted rape and grievous sexual assault.
So what is the definition of rape and the definition of sexual assault in T&T and what penalties can one face if he or she is found guilty?
Yes, if certain conditions are met, a person can be forced to stay in quarantine (or be guilty of an offence).