Times Online reported 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.
The court was told that Khanom, a Muslim, did not understand that shaking a helpless baby would not exorcise an evil spirit....
Where in the Quran does it say that shaking a helpless baby will exorcise an evil spirit?Kate Bex, for the defence, told the court that Khanom’s religious and cultural beliefs had led to her shaking the child. She said: “She now knows that this was not an appropriate way to deal with her belief in manifestation of spirit.”
So she won't kill any more babies then?Michelle Malkin blogged Baby Abuse is OK...if you are a Muslim in Britain. A commenter at F/R asks:"What's next, allowing honor killings because the male family members don't know any better?"