Recently, my wife discovered that she possessed drastically low amounts of iron in her blood. At least her anemic state helped explain the overwhelming fatigue that had accompanied her for the past couple of weeks.
Caroline is normally a high-energy person. And, trooper that she is, she still manages to muscle through her days despite the fatigue (it is getting better, by the way…), but at the end of those days, she often says she feels as if this pregnancy is holding her hostage. And while I totally believer her, I’m glad it’s just a metaphor. Because giving birth while being held hostage sounds horrible.
So how bad does giving birth behind bars sound?
To find out, you might want to ask Nadezda Mirgova. Because that’s exactly what she’ll be doing. And the judge who made the final decision was a woman. Sound kinda harsh?
Judge Beverley Lunt sentenced Mirgova, a Czeck national, to 16 months for a marriage scam. The woman “married” a Nigerian man in exchange for cash so that he could remain in the UK. Around that same time, Mirgova got pregnant by her real partner.
Mirgova’s attorney argued that the woman should receive a suspended sentence, noting that her first child had been born at 28 weeks via an emergency C-section and that this pregnancy should be closely monitored.
But Judge Lunt wasn’t having it.
“You clearly understand that without women like you these sham marriages could not take place… You have now chosen to become pregnant… It would seem this child was conceived around the time of your arrest.”
I’m not sure what the moral here is, except of course that, typically speaking, it’s a bad idea to engage in marriage scams for cash. Worse still for such a scam to coincide with the conception of a child. You know. In case you’re caught and have to give birth behind bars and all.
Jail is a tough place for anyone, especially someone who is with child. Regardless of what she’s done, Mirgova deserves competent and regular medical attention during her incarceration. And I hope she’ll get just that.
After all, her baby didn’t do a thing.
Source: UK’s Express