France expels Bosnians who shaved their daughter’s hair over romance

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PARIS (Reuters) – France has expelled a Bosnian family who beat and shaved the hair of a teenage girl who wanted to marry a young Serbian man, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said five members of the girl’s family in the eastern city of Besançon were deported to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Saturday morning.

“This expulsion from the national territory is the consequence of unacceptable behavior on the part of the family in August, including the beating and shaving of a teenage girl in love with a young Serbian man of another religion”, declared the ministry.

He added that the young girl, a minor, will be taken care of by social services and will obtain the right to stay in France when she reaches the age of majority.

French media reported in August that a 17-year-old Bosnian Muslim woman in Besançon was beaten by her family and her hair was forcibly shaved because she wanted to marry a 20-year-old Serbian Christian.

Bosnian and Serbian forces waged a war in the 1990s that left thousands of civilians dead.

Report by Geert De Clercq; Edited by David Holmes

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