The Guyana Police Force (GPF) has come forward to confirm that all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are being followed in the investigation into the Nigel Dharamlall rape scandal.
Amidst allegations of misconduct, the GPF categorically stated that the 16-year-old schoolgirl who is accusing Dharamlall of raping her was not once questioned without the presence of a parent and a welfare officer.
The force further clarified that during the virtual complainant’s visit to the alleged crime scene, Dharamlall was not present. The visit was conducted under the close supervision of a Superintendent of Police. Guyana Standard understands that Dharamlall was instructed to leave the premises prior to the child and investigators’ visit to the home.
The GPF also stated that neither the virtual complainant nor her parents had requested legal representation from the police during the investigation. It is important to note that the virtual complainant and her parents were constantly accompanied by a Childcare Officer, ensuring their presence and involvement throughout the proceedings.
Nigel Dharamlall, the Local Government and Regional Development Minister landed in hot water several days ago after a 16-year-old girl posted on social media that she had been raped and sodomised by the Minister sometime last year at his home. The allegations have left the nation in shock, with what appears to be a collective call from the citizenry for a thorough investigation in the claims. The minister has since proceeded on leave.