Women’s Aid statement on Mustafa Bashir sentence review
Friday 7th April 2017
Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“We welcome the news that Mustafa Bashir is to go to prison. There must be robust consequences for perpetrators of domestic abuse. However, we are disappointed that the sentence hinges on the basis that he lied about his cricket club opportunity – and not on the horrific abuse that he perpetrated against his former partner. This still betrays a fundamental failure on the judge’s part to understand domestic abuse. Bashir should be punished for the abuse – not for the lie.
“It is vital for judges to understand the nature of domestic abuse and the impact on victims. There should be zero tolerance of perpetrators, and absolutely no excuses. That is why Women’s Aid works hard to raise awareness of domestic abuse, and offers training for judges to understand the full implications of domestic abuse.”