A Bangladeshi immigrant who stabbed her baby with a kitchen knife has won the right to stay in Britain so that she can have contact with the child.
The woman claimed that an attempt by the Home Office to deport her
breached her human rights. She was jailed for five years for trying to
murder her eight-month-old daughter when her husband tried to send her
back to Bangladesh and obtained a court order banning her from taking
the child out of the country.
The Home Office sought to deport her when she completed her jail
sentence, though by that time the family courts had given her the right
to see her daughter under supervision. She had claimed that
deportation would breach her right to family life under Article 8 of the
European Convention on Human Rights. The Home Office’s appeal against
the decision was unsuccessful.
The woman, who cannot be named, arrived in Britain in September 2007
after marrying her cousin in an arranged marriage the year before. She
spoke no English and had never been to Britain before but joined him in a
flat in Tower Hamlets, East London. Their daughter was born in June
The marriage was unhappy and in March 2009 her husband gave her a
one-way ticket for her to return to Bangladesh. He also obtained a court
order banning her from taking the child out of the country. The woman
told relatives that she would kill the baby and herself rather than be
separated from the child, saying: “If I can’t have her then no one will.”
Her husband left her alone with the child and came back to discover
her stabbing the girl in the stomach. He grabbed the child and his wife
was overpowered by his brother. The Old Bailey was told that the woman
left a 1½in stab wound on the child’s body and that she would have died
if the thrust had not caught one of her ribs.