Muslim group seeks assistance for security cameras at mosques

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 07:30

Ummah T&T The Mus­lim Fed­er­a­tion is de­mand­ing that gov­ern­ment give all re­li­gious or­gan­i­sa­tions con­ces­sions to im­port sur­veil­lance equip­ment to mon­i­tor peo­ple en­ter­ing and ex­it­ing hous­es of wor­ship.

Imam Rasheed Karim, the head of the or­gan­i­sa­tion made the call on Mon­day at a news con­fer­ence at Greenidge Street, Fe­lic­i­ty.

Speak­ing days three days af­ter the shoot­ing death of Han­iff Mo­hammed last Fri­day at the Junon Street Mosque, Karim said wor­ship­pers are very cau­tious when at­tend­ing and leav­ing hous­es of wor­ship.

Karim said gov­ern­ment ex­pends bil­lions of dol­lars to the Min­istry of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty and the crime prob­lem is still ris­ing.

He said a high de­f­i­n­i­tion cam­era sys­tem would give hous­es of wor­ship the edge.

How­ev­er, Karim said these sys­tems can be cost­ly and some bod­ies may not be able to af­ford it un­less they un­der­take ex­ten­sive fund rais­ers.

With over 100 mosques in the coun­try, Karim said the Mus­lim Fed­er­a­tion wants to have dis­cus­sions with the gov­ern­ment.

He said the Mus­lims in T&T are a mi­nor­i­ty and are wor­ried that their rights to have free­dom of wor­ship be­ing tak­en away.

“Peo­ple are afraid to wor­ship be­cause of the high lev­el of crime,” Karim said.

Reporter: Shastri Boodram