The young girl had her hair shaved and was also beaten Monday in Besançon, in the east of the city, said judicial sources.
“Shaved and beaten because she ‘loved a Christian.’ Deeply shocked by this act of torture on this 17-year-old girl, ”French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin wrote on Twitter.
“This barbarity calls for the most severe punishment,” he added.
The police arrested both parents as well as the uncle and aunt. They were released under judicial supervision but do not have the right to contact the girl, who has been placed under protection. They don’t know where she is.
They will be tried for “violence against minors”, deputy prosecutor Margaret Parietti told AFP.
‘I cannot marry a Christian’
The young girl, who arrived from Bosnia and Herzegovina two years ago with her family, had for several months had a relationship with the young man, aged 20, of Serbian origin who lived in the same building.
“The two families knew each other and (their relationship) was not a problem, but when they started talking about marriage, the girl’s parents said to her, ‘We are Muslims, you cannot marry a Christian’ ”Said Parietti.
The family took her phone away and prevented her from contacting her boyfriend. The couple then ran away for four days and on their return came to the girl’s family apartment with the boy’s parents.
“The first blow came from the mother, then there was an outbreak of violence. She was taken to a room and beaten. She was shaved, according to her testimony, by her uncle – her father’s brother – while she was beaten, ”the prosecutor said.
The young man’s parents said they did not dare to intervene but left the house to report what had happened to police, prosecutors said.
The police arrived and discovered that her aunt had forced the girl into hiding in a room. But she was discovered and taken to hospital, the Est Republicain newspaper reported.
She suffered from a broken rib and bruises “everywhere”, especially “at the level of the ear”, according to Parietti.
Shaving the head in this context has a particularly shocking context in France.
This was the punishment after World War II inflicted on thousands of women who had connections with Nazi occupiers.
The 1992-1995 interethnic war in Bosnia pitted Muslims, Serbs and Croats against each other and claimed 100,000 lives and displaced more than two million people.
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