(CMR) The use of pepper spray as a safety device in Trinidad and Tobago could soon become law as the National Security Council has approved its use.
The approval comes in light of a public outcry for this and other non-lethal devices to be legalized to give vulnerable women a fighting chance should they come under attack.
Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi said he had already drafted the law to give persons a fighting chance.
“You see…it is a double-edged sword. In the wrong hands, it could be used against you. But we deserve a fighting chance,” Al-Rawi said.
People across the country have been holding nightly candlelight vigils and rallies, demanding action to reduce violent crime, especially against women, after the abduction and murder of Andrea Bharatt, 23.
Bharatt was reportedly kidnapped after boarding a car at King Street, Arima, on her way home from work on January 29.
Her body was found six days later near a precipice in Heights of Aripo. A private autopsy revealed she died from internal hemorrhaging after being struck on the head with a blunt object that caused her to fall and crack her skull.