Wrong Watson Duke accuser being circulated on social media

Monday, May 16, 2016 - 20:00

An attorney yesterday urged people who have been posting her photo on social media, identifying her as the victim in the alleged rape case against Public Services Association president Watson Duke to desist from doing so.

Cherry Ann Rajkumar made the appeal at her home in Vistabella, San Fernando, as she said whoever was responsible for posting the initial photo had made her a victim of “character assassination.” 

She also called on the person/s responsible to apologise to her in a way that is fitting to repair the damage that had been done. 

Rajkumar, who has been practising since 2002, said just after midday last Friday she was contacted by phone and told her photo was circulating via social media in connection with the case. She said by 4 pm she was being bombarded with phone calls.

In a bid to stop the attacks against her, Rajkumar went to the Marabella Police Station where she officially made a report.

The investigating officer was given two cell numbers, a suspect’s name and that of a political group with alleged links to the acts against her. 

Asked where such allegations could have come from, Rajkumar said she was unsure, since she only had dealings with Duke once. She said she first met him in 2012.

“I met with him along with other PSA members and it was in the interest of the PSA. I had filed action on behalf of a public servant who was being bypassed for a position in the Public Service. It was against the Ministry of Local Government. I had invited the PSA’s involvement because it would have been of interest to them,” she said.

She added that at the time of the alleged incident, she was at home doing work on her computer. She said she often had no reason to even go into Port-of-Spain as she worked in south Trinidad. Rajkumar said she would seek to meet with Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi to discuss in depth the Libel and Defamation Act.

“Today is me and tomorrow it can be anybody else. Right now we live in the age where there is very little privacy in the sense that we need to put some sort of provision in place to protect data and to protect the privacy of individuals, given the fact that we can become victims of cyber crime.”

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Source: www.guardian.co.tt (Rhondor Dowlat)