A homeless man is presently a patient at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) after he was found “in distress” on the streets of Roseau on Wednesday morning.
Andy “Push Up” Carbon of Boetica was diagnosed with “rectal prolapse” Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) Assistant Superintendent Claude Weekes told Dominica News Online.
Rectal prolapse occurs when part or all of the wall of the rectum slides out of place, sometimes sticking out of the anus, according to WebMD.
“Whether mentally ill, whether paro, whether economically deprived…there are people who always look forward to taking advantage,” Weekes said. “We have had complaints where, especially the youngsters, move around and either throw stones at them, physically abuse them, verbally as well.”
Weekes noted further that the police are condemning this action.
“We are saying that it is wrong, they are human beings, notwithstanding whether they are marginalized, notwithstanding whether they are paro, whether they are vagrants,” he said. “If they breach the law of Dominica, obviously they have to be dealt with according to the law. But at the end of the day if they are just paro, if they are unclean, they are unkempt that doesn’t give anybody the right to kill them or damage them physically or otherwise.”
He stated everyone has right to life under the Constitution.
“They have a right to life. Our constitution says there is a right to life and if there is a right to life, the paro too or vagrant has a right to life,” he said.
The issue of vagrancy has been a long running one in Dominica.