A Canadian man who was found guilty of murdering his nine-months pregnant wife did not face any charges in the death of their unborn baby this spring.
A judge sentenced Nicholas Baig, 27, of Pickering, to 17 years in prison Thursday for the murder of his pregnant wife, Arianna Goberdhan, according to the Toronto Sun.
Goberdhan’s family believes the punishment is too light, and now is petitioning the government for a law recognizing unborn babies as victims of violence.
According to the report, Goberdhan was just 20 days from her due date when Baig stabbed her 17 times on April 7, 2017. Both she and her unborn daughter, Asaara, died as a result.
“Asaara and other pre-born children in similar circumstances deserve to be recognized as victims of a crime and should be entitled to justice and legal recourse,” Goberdhan’s family said in the petition. It has more than 4,700 signatures so far.
They urged the Canadian Parliament to pass a law recognizing that unborn babies who are victims of homicide also deserve justice under the law.
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Here’s more from the report:
Goberdhan and Baig married in November 2016 after she learned about her pregnancy. But three months later, the 26-year-old bank employee left Baig and moved back with her parents.
Their troubled relationship was reflected in his “vile text messages,” the judge said. Baig had called his pregnant wife “a skank,” a “lying b—-,” and a “dumb, f—— slut.”
“He said, ‘You’re dead to me, you won’t rise from no ashes,’” [Ontario Superior Court Justice Jocelyn Speyer] added.
“He went on to write: ‘You’re a lying w—- and I hope you die delivering. I’ve never wished death on anyone before.”
The attack occurred on the evening of April 7, 2017, after Goberdhan went to visit Baig at his home, according to court testimony. Shortly before 10 p.m., authorities said they received a 911 call from her phone where they heard her begging to go. They said someone hung up the phone, so they called back and heard Goberdhan screaming. They said she told them she needed the police, and then the phone was disconnected again.
Police said Baig stabbed Goberdhan 17 times in the torso, head, neck and arm, and then left her and her unborn baby alone and bleeding. Paramedics said they arrived too late to save the mother or her unborn baby.
Canada does not provide any justice for unborn babies in these circumstances. However, many states in the U.S. do. Currently, 37 states recognize the unlawful killing of an unborn baby as homicide in at least some circumstances.
Abortion activists routinely oppose such laws because they do not like that the laws recognize the humanity of the unborn child. In January, pro-abortion lawmakers in New York repealed their state fetal homicide law. Just a few weeks later, a pregnant woman was stabbed to death in the state. The legislature’s action forced authorities to revoke the charges that her attacker would have faced for her unborn baby’s death.