The Scapegoating of Amanda Hutton
UK's malestream media has avidly sensationalised the trial of Amanda Hutton who has just been convicted of manslaughter by gross neglect whereby she deliberately starved her 4 year old son to death.
Malestream media printed graphic details of Amanda Hutton's supposedly 'sordid lifestyle' because not only is she addicted to drugs and alcohol but she supposedly made the informed decision to starve her son to death. The fact Ms. Hutton was subjected to physical violence by her ex male partner Aftab Khan, who was subsequently convicted of assaulting Ms. Hutton, was conveniently ignored by malestream media. This case was an ideal one in malestream's endless propaganda war on women, because the female defendant was supposedly epitome of everything 'bad' about women. Ms. Hutton's life was chaotic because she is drug and alcohol dependent; her home was squalid; she deliberately neglected her child; she had left her male partner and she deliberately allowed her child to die!
Now that she has been convicted, Bradford Council swiftly claimed they had done all they could to protect this child and local Social Services too claim they too did everything they could to protect Hamzah. Likewise local police claimed they weren't to blame because they claim Ms. Hutton was 'an obstructive woman who refused offers of help and went to great lengths to conceal Hamzah's death in December, 2009.'
Yet it is well known women who live chaotic lives are not 'angels' and will commonly hide/deny their reality. The police's claim Ms. Hutton was 'obstructive' means Ms. Hutton did not enact appropriate submissive behaviour whereby she should have meekly submitted to whatever the police demanded. Social Service frontline staff are supposed to have an understanding of the complexities of how and why many mothers deny they have 'problems' and view Social Workers as attempting to control them and/or remove their children on false pretenses. This is not to absolve Ms. Hutton of any accountability but she alone was not responsible for death of her child.
Detective Superintendent Lisa Griffin demonises Ms. Hutton because contrary to Griffin's claims not all women are able to raise their children without the support and help of Social Services. Ms. Hutton's drug and alcohol addiction are not separate issues since she was also subjected to systemic male violence by Khan. But the Crown Prosecutor claimed the fact Ms. Hutton had been subjected to systemic male violence from her former male partner, Aftab Khan was 'irrelevant.' Issue of intimate male partner violence against a woman supposedly has no impact whatsoever on a woman's ability to care for her child/children.
We now learn that Ms. Hutton was the subject of a number of multi-agency meetings, (this means Social Services, Bradford Child Protection Agency and local police were all present) but no action was taken!
The Guardian's report of Ms. Hutton's conviction makes this ludicrous claim: 'Police were called when she ended up with a black eye after an argument in the street with Khan, with whom she had begun a relationship around 10 years earlier.' Somehow Ms. Hutton 'ended up with a black eye' but we don't know who inflicted this upon Ms. Hutton. Perpetrator Khan's actions are neatly invisibilised because Guardian claims it was just an 'argument' which is not the same as 'Khan subjected Ms. Hutton to physical violence resulting in him hitting her in the face and causing injury to tissue surrounding her eye!'
Malestream media reports that 'No doctors saw Hamzah (Ms. Hutton's child) from when he was two weeks old and Hutton slammed the door in the face of visiting health workers - when she bothered to answer the door at all.' This is women-blaming and one wonders how malestream media knew when and if Hutton 'bothered to answer the door!' Perhaps malestream media has a 'magic crystal ball' whereby they can access the minute everyday details of Ms. Hutton's life! Purpose of this nasty women-blaming sentence is to portray Ms. Hutton as 'epitome of female monstrosity' as opposed to the male created 'mythical ideal mother!'
Glossed over is the fact Ms. Hutton's General Practitioner removed her from his patient list, because Ms. Hutton failed to attend a number of
appointments in respect of her child Hamzah. The practice of removing mothers from GP lists is not an isolated incident but is common practice. However, it is well known within Social Services that children not attending routine medical appointments is often an indication the mother is trying to hide something concerning child's welfare. Furthermore Bradford Education authority also failed to notice that Hamzah whilst of school age had not attended any school.
During Ms. Hutton's trial the court head about a welfare check undertaken by PC Maria Furness, eight months prior to Hamzah's death. According to PC Furness, upon gaining access to Ms. Hutton's home she found all Ms. Hutton's children, including Hamzah 'to be fed well, clean, healthy looking and there was an appropriate adult in the address.' Yet court learned Hamzah had been systematically starved for many months so clearly there is a contradiction in evidence.
The list of systemic failures by Social Services, police, Bradford Education Authority and Ms. Hutton's GP are all glossed over because the scapegoat is Ms. Hutton - she alone is supposedly responsible for causing her son Hamzah's death by starvation.
As usual women are blamed for not ensuring the safety and well-being of their child/children. One wonders why we have institutions such as Social Services; police forces and Child Protection Institutions given it is women's responsibility alone to ensure their child/children is accorded care and well-being!! As Detective Superintendent Lisa Griffin said: 'ultimately the responsibility for care and welfare of the child in that household lay very firmly with Amanda Hutton and it was her responsibility and hers alone, to ensure that all their basic needs were met... Clearly she failed in that!' Well that absolves police, Social Services and Bradford Local Authority of accountability because Ms. Hutton alone is to blame for death of Hamzah!
Interesting that father of Hamzah Aftab Khan is not held accountable for failing in his 'father's duty of care!' One wonders why Khan didn't do more to pressurise Social Services to take action, given he allegedly was concerned about well being of his son, Hamzah. But then fathers are never held to the same impossible standard as mothers are.
Doubtless there will be an in-depth report published in due course claiming authorities were not responsible but that 'lessons have been learned,' but this claim is meaningless because children and women continue to be denied real help and support from those institutions/agencies supposedly created to help them.
I have no doubt questions will not be asked concerning why frontline Social Workers are expected to manage too many cases without any additional support. Why there is no legislation permitting Social Workers to use Police in order to gain entry to homes when they strongly suspect a mother/father is neglecting their child/children. Questions will also not be asked as to why front line staff are commonly blamed when the real blame lies with continued failure and/or refusal of multi-agencies to communicate with each other and act collectively.
Equally interesting is the fact whenever a father decides to cold bloodedly murder his biological children he commonly claims 'depression/unemployment/wife's infidelity/alcohol/drug addiction caused him to commit murder.' These claims are then accepted in mitigation but women continue to be held to impossible standards or rather it is the same old, same old misogynistic lies. Women are responsible for all mens' ills!
All of the above evidence was obtained via reading reports from the UK's Independent and Guardian because both these newspapers only partially reported all the facts and this is common practice within malestream media. Selective reporting ensures continuation of 'fragmentation' whereby the truth can be conveniently distorted to maintain a specific male supremacist agenda.Download this post as PDF? Click here