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Parents shave French Muslim girl’s head

She was in relationsh­ip with a Christian

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The parents, uncle and aunt of a teenager of Bosnian Muslim origin will face trial in France on charges of violence against a minor for shaving her head because of her relationsh­ip with a Christian Serbian boy, prosecutor­s said on Friday.

The girl, aged 17, had her hair shaven off and was also beaten in the eastern city of Besancon on Monday, judicial sources said. Police detained the parents as well as the uncle and the aunt. They were released under judicial control but are banned from contacting the girl, who has been placed under protection.

They will be tried later this year for “violence against minors”, said deputy prosecutor Margaret Parietti , confirming a report in the Est Republicai­n daily. The girl, who arrived from Bosnia-Herzegovin­a two years ago with her family, had for several months had a relationsh­ip with the boy of Serbian origin, who lived in the same building in Besancon.

Punishing the girl

The family took away her phone and stopped her contacting her boyfriend. The pair then fled for four days and on their return came to the apartment of the girl’s family along 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 being beaten,” the prosecutor said.

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