Bosnian girl’s family shaves her head over boyfriend

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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 two 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,” deputy prosecutor Margaret Parietti told AFP, 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.

“The two families knew each other and (their relationship) was not a problem, but when they started talking about marriage, the girl’s parents told her: ‘We are Muslims, you cannot marry a Christian’,” Parietti said.