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Friday, April 21, 2006

Define "Savage"

Source: timesonline
Leniency for 'ignorant' woman who hurt baby

A BANGLADESHI woman who shook a baby boy so violently that he suffered brain damage walked free from court yesterday because a judge conceded that she did not know how to behave in the West.

Rahella Khanom, 24, caused the five-month-old boy in her care to suffer fractures to his breast bone and ribs as she tried to rid him of evil spirits, Southwark Crown Court was told.

The injuries inflicted on the child over several weeks had caused one side of his brain to shrink. It was believed that the boy would have been screaming in agony for eight weeks because his injuries went untreated.

Khanom, from Poplar, East London, said that she had wanted to purge the baby of evil spirits as it cried and cried. She was not found to be mentally ill.
But was she found to be a savage?

The horror continues...
The court was told that Khanom, a Muslim, did not understand that shaking a helpless baby would not exorcise an evil spirit.

Judge Rodney McKinnon told Khanom: “Normal and right-minded people will be horrified by this. Everybody must recognise how serious it is to treat children in this way and to use violence.” But the judge said that Khanom’s strong cultural and religious beliefs, and the fact that she had been forced by her husband to live in isolation since coming to Britain from Bangladesh, meant that there were exceptional circumstances in her case.

He said: “You are a young lady who came from Bangladesh. You lived there in a rural community, adopting the customs and ways of the people there so that getting to know the ways of living in the West and in this country were not easy.

“I accept you were kept really quite isolated from our society by your community and it would seem to a large extent by your husband as well. Under these circumstances I do not feel it is in the public interest to pass an immediate custodial sentence.”

Khanom was given an 18-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, after admitting one count of cruelty to a person under the age of 16.
Is there anything more dangerous to a free society than soft headed judges who confuse their own egos with compassion? Ask me if I believe that someone on this planet believes shaking a baby is the way to remove evil spirits, yeah, I don't think so.

I think the chuckleheaded judge got snookered in his rush to be compassionate. I don't believe for a second that this action was culturally motivated, know why? Any culture that allowed this as a regular feature would find themselves out of business in pretty short order, no?

Way to go further down the road to Dhimmitude Britain!

H/T Michelle Malkin

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