A woman’s marriage became a nightmare after her husband decided to beat her with a bat, forced her to drink bleach, and eventually tried to force her to commit suicide. Although police would eventually hear what happened and arrest the man, things would only get worse when the judge uttered just five horrifying words.
Mustafa Bashir, 34, is a Cricket player from Pakistan, a 96.3% Muslim country, and he just caught the break of his life. Bashir had apparently developed a liking for abusing his wife, Fakhara Karim, 33. It all started during a jealous outburst when the man grabbed his bat and began to hit her with it. Knowing full well what he was doing, he went so far as to tell his wife, “If I hit you with this bat with my full power then you would be dead.”
During another furious attack, the man grabbed his wife by the neck and began to pour bleach down her throat. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he then forced Karim to take a variety of unknown pills while demanding that she kill herself. Of course, it’s not really considered that when it’s being carried out this way, but that didn’t seem to bother Bashir too much.
Word of the abuse eventually got out, forcing police to arrest Bashir in England – but things wouldn’t exactly progress as one would expect. During his trial at Manchester Crown Court, he was attacked and berated with facts proving him to be the monster that he is. At one point, Judge Richard Mansell QC went so far as to say:
“This relationship started well but you began controlling her and how she spent her money. You told her how to spend her money and you tried to turn her against her family who you regularly insulted. She would buy clothes that were of a western style which you disapproved of and called her a slag and said her friends were ‘English [sl*t] girls.’” [Source: Mail Online]
However, things would quickly take a turn as the judge heard that Bashir was offered a contract to be a professional cricket player. Once the judge heard that the agreement was only valid if he didn’t serve jail time, the judge became sympathetic to the vile abuser.
Ordering the man’s 18-month jail term be suspended for two years, the judge then demanded Bashir attend a “building better relationships” course. Unfortunately, he would go on to horrify the public with his 5-word excuse for not dishing out a fair consequence.
Saying that Bashir’s wife is an “intelligent woman and not vulnerable,” Judge Mansell suggested that the woman would be able to simply brush off the sickening atrocities forced upon her. Trying to ensure that this was the case, the courts also granted the woman a restraining order while banning the man from any and all contact with her.
Muslims are so frequently granted leniency. Too often, we see Islam involved in crimes only to have the rightful consequences brushed aside as favor is shown to the offender by liberal authorities. What’s worse, this man was merely doing as the Quran teaches:
Quran (4:34) – “Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.”
Of course, just because the Quran commands it, that doesn’t make it right – at all. Abusers need to be treated as such and justice needs to remain blind. Brushing off what can only be described as torture simply because someone “could” get famous isn’t an acceptable excuse. Then again, this is just a glimpse into how the Quran instructs Muslims to treat women, where their worth is seen as less than that of a man.