…unless you’re a Bangladeshi Muslim Woman in the UK. Then it’s all good –
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.
…The court was told that Khanom, a Muslim, did not understand that shaking a helpless baby would not exorcise an evil spirit.
p>The judge issued a verdict which is almost its own caricature of a relativist, multiculturalist world gone astray -
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.
One can only imagine other, future defenses inspired by the socio-cultural isolation tank argument.