Former Health Minister Dr. Bheri Ramsarran who was fired by former President Donald Ramotar just before the May 11 elections, is expected to appear in the Whim Magistrates Court in Berbice before the end of the week to face criminal charges in relation to his threats to slap and strip a women’s rights activist. He could appear in court as early as tomorrow.
The Director of Public Prosecutions advised the Police yesterday that charges be laid against Dr. Ramsarran.
Women’s rights activist, Sherlina Nageer filed a complaint against the former Minister after he threatened to slap and strip her “for fun” when she confronted him outside the Whim Magistrates’ Court back in April.
Ramsarran was the Health Minister at the time and Nageer was questioning him about the high number of maternal deaths.
During the confrontation, Ramsarran could be heard calling Nageer an idiot after she interrupted his media interview. The two got into an exchange of words and the Health Minister called for police back up after he berated the activist.
As Nageer was being led away by the police, Ramsarran could be heard telling the reporters that “I would slap her ass you know just for the fun and I can have some of my women strip her”.
Nageer has been very outspoken about domestic violence and abuses against women for years. She has also been leading several protests against the former government of Guyana over “poor health care” for women and attacks on freedom of speech.
(Photo by Mark Jacobs)