After it was reported that a 2-year-old child was allegedly murdered by a 24-year-old man in the ITI community, Rivercess County, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has condemned the incident. It is reported that Friday Zian, commonly known as Bill, allegedly stabbed the victim multiple times with a knife on August 10, 2021, due to the victim’s father alleged refusal to pay Zian’s debt.
The Ministry of Gender said they were shocked to hear that such an incident occurred, noting that in spite of heightening calls for a violent free environment for women and children – some individuals are bent on heartlessly inflicting violence on women, children and vulnerable people.
They further applauded the Liberia National Police for the swift arrest and subsequent forwarding to court the alleged perpetrator.
The Minister of Gender, Madam Williametta E. Saydee-Tarr, is quoted as saying, “We empathize and sympathize with the victim’s family during these stressful and unfortunate times. We cannot fathom as to why someone will heartlessly squeeze out the life of an innocent young soul. This is so disheartening and inhumane! We call on the court to render uncompromising justice”.
She went on to assert that the Ministry of Gender has instructed its Rivercess County’s team to provide psychosocial counseling for the victim’s immediate family.
Meanwhile, the ministry has assured the public that it will remain engaged in ensuring that justice is served.