How to Belittle Powerful Women

It may be a “lighthearted” piece but it’s on the front page and visible to every schoolchild buying sweets in their local newsagent this morning…

Another news item this morning featured comments from a judge justifying why he gave a suspended sentence to a man who beat his wife. In brief, the woman was ‘not vulnerable’ as she was well educated and had friends.

Mustafa Bashir, 34, was spared prison despite forcing his wife to drink bleach, throttling her in public, and striking her with his cricket bat.

He admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was given an 18-month prison term, suspended for two years.

Judge Richard Mansell QC ordered Bashir to attend a workshop entitled “building better relationships”, pay £1,000 costs and banned him from contacting Karim.

Mansell said in his sentencing remarks that he did not believe Fakhara Karim, 33, was vulnerable as she was “an intelligent woman with a network of friends” and a college degree. (From The Guardian Newspaper).

There is still a long way to go.

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Posted on March 28th, 2017 by

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