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.It is amazing how the father always gets blamed.
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. ...
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. ...
[Her lawyer] said: "She now knows that this was not an appropriate way to deal with her belief in manifestation of spirit."
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