Guyana: The minibus conduct/ driver who assaulted a female passenger at Saffon Street in the vicinity of Rubis Gas Station on April 12, 2021, is in police custody.
The young conductor/ driver assaulted Odella Peroune after she complained about the loud music, which according to her, was pounding her chest.
“I didn’t expect him to do what he did… the phone came back to my face and burst my lip. I even bit my tongue,” stated Peroune
Peroune and her 9-year-old son were both passengers of Route 42 Georgetown to Timehri minibus BYY 8024 en route to Georgetown when the incident occurred.
She asked him six times to turn down the music, but according to her, he did not. In fact, he asked her to come out of the bus.
She didn’t because she had not come to her destination, and he could have simply turned down the same.
However, he went to her as if he was going to speak to her, but suddenly he became abusive, snatching her phone from her hand and injuring her lip in the process.
Notwithstanding that, she expressed sentiments of reluctance to have him go to jail, pointing out that he has a family.
And she doesn’t want to hurt the smooth functioning of a family. “I refuse to be responsible for destroying a family; it’s more than just this incident; it’s a lot of people lives are involved; [for instance] his kids and his wife. I’m hoping this much attention will teach him a lesson,” stated Peroune.
However, the decision she makes now that he has been arrested is left to be seen; the Guyana Tribune is oblivious to the same at this point.
The conductor was caught on video when he assaulted the woman. Cases like this need immediate action that can change the situation.
Additionally, women need to be more assertive and take actions to create awareness in the society.