This is the last British “cultural enrichment” story for the day (I hope).
It’s more than your average multicultural beating-rape-mugging-murder type of incident. This horrific case manages to exemplify all of the noxious characteristics we’ve come to associate with mass Muslim immigration to Western countries.
An arranged marriage was not the only precipitating factor that drove this deranged woman to her desperate act. She experienced the full range of institutional suffocation that women experience under Islam.
According to The Daily Mail (with bolding added):
Mother Jailed for Stabbing Her Baby After Arranged-Marriage Husband Tried to Force Her to Leave Britain
A desperate young mother trapped in an arranged marriage tried to kill her baby after believing her husband was trying to force her to leave the country without her daughter.
So we start off with the standard fare of a Muslim wife: an arranged marriage, and complete subjugation to her husband.
But there’s plenty more:
She stabbed the eight-month-old child after being presented with a one-way ticket back to Bangladesh and an injunction to stop her taking the little girl out of Britain.
The 25-year-old woman, who cannot be named to protect the child’s identity, was jailed for five years today at the Old Bailey.
She tearfully begged not to be separated from her daughter and collapsed in the dock after hearing her sentence. She had to be dragged out of court, wailing hysterically.
The woman had been a student in Bangladesh when her family married her off to her cousin. She was brought to live with him and his relatives in Tower Hamlets, east London, in August 2007.
In all probability, the unwilling bride was forced into a parallel-cousin marriage — that is, she was her new husband’s father’s brother’s daughter. This is standard practice in Pakistan, and Bangladesh is presumably similar.
Parallel-cousin marriage is the worst of all worlds from the point of view of a modern secular pluralistic Western society. It tends to strengthen clan loyalties and insular tribal attitudes — which from a Muslim point of view is ideal, since it helps preserve an archaic and fundamentalist form of Islam. But from the viewpoint of the host society, it is deadly.
In addition, of course, cousin marriage increases the incidence of fully expressed genetic disorders, including brain abnormalities and retardation that contribute to the lower average IQ within the societies that practice it.
And it gets even worse:
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She spoke no English, did not have a job, was not allowed out on her own, and was totally reliant on her husband’s family, the court heard.
This woman was essentially being subjected to the institution of purdah, the South Asian Muslim custom of enforcing seclusion on women. But her situation in the UK must have been worse than it would have been back home in Bangladesh, since she would have had no one but her husband’s immediate family to interact with in London.
This produced the toxic situation which exploded into violence early this year:
The marriage was punctuated by rows during which she would say she wanted to return to Bangladesh. Her daughter was born in June last year.
Heather Norton, prosecuting, said: ‘During arguments with her husband she made comments to the effect, “if I can’t have her then no one will”.
‘She told her sister-in-law that if she couldn’t have the baby then she would kill her and then kill herself.’
During a row in February this year she said she wanted to leave and her husband told her she could go but could not take the baby.
‘On March 2 he visited a travel agents and purchased an airline ticket to Bangladesh for the defendant to fly out the following day,’ Miss Norton said.
‘He also obtained an interim injunction forbidding the defendant removing her from the jurisdiction.’
The husband returned home and gave her the ticket, together with some luggage, and later that evening a solicitor came to explain the effect of the order.
Given the absolute power that a husband wields over a wife under sharia, this was in effect a unilaterally-decreed divorce. Presumably he uttered the ritual “talaq, talaq, talaq” — “I repudiate you” repeated three times in Arabic by the husband, which is necessary and sufficient for an Islamic divorce.
By that point the wife had been driven over the edge:
She became upset, claiming her husband had assaulted her, but then calmed down and asked her husband to make some food for the baby.
When he came back he saw the baby lying on the sofa and his wife standing over her, Miss Norton said.
‘From her actions, he first thought that the defendant was zipping up the baby’s sleep suit.
‘He then realised that she had in fact had a knife in her hand that she was trying to conceal.
‘He ran to the child and saw the defendant push the knife into her stomach, skewering the blade through her belly button.
‘He grabbed the baby, pressing his hand against the wound and carrying her upstairs followed by the defendant, still with knife in hand. His brother grabbed the defendant, disarmed her, and restrained her.’
The court heard that the defendant said to her husband: ‘Why couldn’t you come in later? Then I could have finished her off.’
She told another family member: ‘Tell my parents I have killed my daughter.’
Asked by another relative why she did it, she said that it was because her husband was trying to send her away.
The baby suffered a 1.6-inch wound caused by a kitchen knife that could have killed her were it not for emergency surgery performed at the Royal London Hospital. The wound would have been worse if the knife had not been stopped by a rib.
This woman committed an appalling and unforgivable crime. But what she said in court was undeniably true:
‘They have not treated me as a human being. Please give my baby back to me, I have been tortured.’
And the judge reached into the heart of the issue:
The judge told her: ‘You felt you were powerless in the situation that you found yourself in…’
She not only felt she was powerless. She was powerless.
Her Majesty’s government officially recognizes sharia for arbitration purposes, and if all parties agree, a sharia decision is binding and will be enforced by British courts.
Given this woman’s lack of English and cultural isolation, there was no practical way for her to engage the British system of justice, express her wishes, speak out against her husband, and be understood. And even if she had, she would have been unlikely to live long enough afterwards to receive the benefit of the court’s decision.
Her last words in courtroom were poignant and telling:
She said: ‘I stay this country, I see my daughter. Please forgive me, I dare not go back home.’
As she collapsed she cried: ‘My child, I love her.’
No, she will not fare well when she gets out of prison and returns home to Bangladesh. I wouldn’t bet on her chances of survival.
And what about her daughter? In fifteen or twenty years, what will her life be like?
If we were not required to embrace multiculturalism and celebrate diversity, none of this would have happened. These people and their barbaric practices would have stayed in Bangladesh, where they belong.
Surely a life at home could not have been worse that the one that was imported to London.
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