Saturday, 21 November 2009

Why is a label important?

Trawling through the BBC's website I came across this article about a mother convicted of child cruelty upon her daughter. It says:

A mother who struck her 12-year-old daughter with a computer cable, a broom, a wooden spoon and her fists has been given a suspended jail sentence.

The 37-year-old asylum seeker was jailed for 12 months suspended for two years at Preston Crown Court after she pleaded guilty to child cruelty.
And it's good that she should receive such a sentence.

But what does get me wondering is why 'asylum seeker'? Is there something about asylum seekers that makes them more partial to a bit of physical chastisement of their offspring, a bit more handy with their fists? Something perhaps that sets them apart, as somehow different from 'us'?

I expect better from the BBC.