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article imageMuslim woman let baby die, dumped the body for family's honor

By JohnThomas Didymus     Apr 16, 2012 in Crime
Bury - Fatima Ali, from Bury, Greater Manchester, let her newborn baby from a "secret affair" die and then secretly abandoned the body. Fatima comes from a devout Muslim family and she feared having a baby out of wedlock would dishonor her family.
She gave birth to the baby alone in her bedroom and left the baby to die. She lived with her aunt and uncle who both disapproved of her relationship with Kazi Mohammed Dilwar Hussein. Her boyfriend gave her money for an abortion in 2009 when she became pregnant.
According to BBC, Ali, 26, admitted that she kept the birth of the baby secret from friends and family and that she tried to conceal the dead baby in a garden after she had wrapped it in a shawl. The baby died within two hours of her cutting the umbilical cord herself. Then she tried to dispose of it in the garden of her friend's house in Tinline street on her way to work the following day. Huffington Post reports the baby was found wrapped in a shawl in a corner of the garden on Tinline Street, Bury, in September 2010.
Daily Mail reports Ali wept last Friday at Bolton Crown Court after the judge gave her a 26-week sentence suspended for two years, and subjected to a twelve month supervision order.
Judge Appleby, sentencing Ali, said: "You failed to seek medical assistance following the birth of your daughter. The tragedy that followed is at the immense disaster for this child. She died within two hours of her birth, and, had you acted appropriately, her life could have been saved. There’s no evidence that you ill-treated or assaulted the child and it’s still a mystery perhaps as to the course of action you took following her birth. This is a tragedy and the result of your actions will be with you for the rest of your life."
According to BBC, the judge admitted that Ali had suffered "psychological stress and trauma for a number of years" and that her "decision making and thought processes would have been compromised" at the time she committed the offense. Chief Superintendent Jon Rush said the case was tragic and "impacted on the local Asian community in East Bury". He said the investigation was carried out with "great sensitivity." He added: "There is no doubt that Fatima could not speak openly about her pregnancy with her family and friends. Ultimately she gave birth on her own without the necessary medical or mutual support."
Chief Crown Prosecutor of the North West, Nazir Afzal, commented: "Fatima Ali sought no medical assistance leading up to or following the birth of the baby at home, despite evidence that she had access to two working mobile phones at the time. She then attempted to conceal the baby's body outside her friend's front garden the next morning before going to work as normal. Whatever the community or familial dishonor or shame, real or perceived, that Ali may have felt, it did not justify the tragic death of the most vulnerable victim, a new born baby."
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