“Uddin originally had been charged with first-degree murder,” but this was reduced to involuntary manslaughter, possibly because “Uddin became pregnant by her boyfriend but did not tell her family because she knew her Muslim parents from Pakistan would not approve.” Uddin knew that if she did tell her parents, not only the baby, but she herself could very likely have been killed. And she had nowhere to flee, because Muslim women who are threatened with honor killing have nowhere to go; several years ago, when Pamela Geller and I were offering real help to women who were threatened with honor killing, we were roundly denounced as “Islamophobic.” If our efforts had been received more positively and aided, Mubashra Uddin might be safe today with her baby alive.
But that doesn’t justify what she did. Probation only? Would a stiffer sentence have been “Islamophobic”?
A woman who dropped her newborn baby to her death from a high-rise apartment after hiding her pregnancy from her parents in 2015 has been sentenced to probation, according to court records.
Mubashra Uddin, 20, on Thursday pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter of a family member before Cook County Judge Carol Howard and was sentenced to four years’ probation, according to court records. The infant, Baby Jane Uddin in official documents, was found in the grass outside a high-rise in the 800 block of West Eastwood Avenue about 11:45 p.m. Nov. 11, 2015, and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital about an hour later.
Uddin originally had been charged with first-degree murder.
Uddin became pregnant by her boyfriend but did not tell her family because she knew her Muslim parents from Pakistan would not approve, prosecutors said at the time she was charged. Uddin gave birth to the 7-pound, 11-ounce girl and threw the infant out the window when she heard her mother approaching the bedroom, according to prosecutors….
Her attorney said at the time she was charged that Uddin’s family was “standing by her.”…