CPS dropped sex-selective abortion case because of “political correctness”
14 November 2016
Mandy Sanghera, human rights activist and government advisor, said the woman was put under a lot of emotional pressure and duress to abort her baby girl. Image: The Daily Telegraph
A government aide has told the Daily Telegraph that that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) failed to pursue a case involving an Asian woman whose family forced her to abort her baby for being a girl.
Mandy Sanghera, a human rights activist and a founder of the Foreign Office and Home Office's joint forced marriage unit, said that the CPS dropped the case so as not to appear "racist". When the woman reported the crime, the police did not recognise it as honour based abuse at first, said Ms Sanghera. When the woman said that she wanted to prosecute, the CPS refused to press charges, claiming that it was not in the public interest, and it was a "family matter".
Ms Sanghera said that the woman was put under a lot of emotional pressure and duress to have an abortion that she didn't want.
"She felt [the case had been] abandoned for cultural reasons. Her having that termination was the nail in the coffin after all the psychological abuse. When she went and asked for help she didn't get it."
Had the CPS taken up the case, it could have led to the first prosecution for sex selective abortion in Britain.
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