Sofina Nikat has walked free after smothering her baby daughter Sanaya last year.
In April last year, Sofina Nikat smothered her baby daughter, Sanaya Sahib, and dumped her body in a creek. Today she walked free from court.
It’s hard not to feel anger rising up when you read the court’s decision. That poor little girl, her cute face smiling from the photo where she’s cuddling into her mum, her baby curls caught up behind a pink headband. Sanaya is gone. No one is in jail for it. Doesn’t a baby’s death matter? Isn’t killing an innocent, defenceless child the worst thing you can do?
It’s not surprising that the reaction on social media has been savage. People have called Nikat an “animal” and complained that she only received “a slap on the wrist”. Others have said that if a father had killed his baby the same way, the reaction would have been very different.
The family of Sanaya's father Samir Sahib have labelled the sentence unfair.
"We have had no justice for her death,” Zahraa Sahib told journalists outside court, AAP reports.
“I don't think it's very fair that we've lost our little girl and there's nothing for her.”