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Police save 15-year-old girl from forced marriage

Kristen Allen · 30 Apr 2010, 16:25

Published: 30 Apr 2010 16:25 GMT+02:00

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“We were informed by Hamburg police that a girl was being held against her will,” Berlin police spokesman Guido Busch said. “We were able to secure her and hand her over to emergency child protection services.”

The girl, whose family comes from Serbia, had been taken to the home of another Serbian family in Berlin, where she was to marry their son on May Day.

Hamburg police have taken over the investigation and plan to question the girl's parents and other witnesses on Friday, spokesperson Andreas Schüpflin told The Local.

“The danger has been averted,” he said. “She is uninjured and doing well.”

According to Schüpflin, on Monday the girl informed her school teacher that she feared she would be forced into marriage by her parents. When she did not show up for school the following day, he called police.

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Later the girl was able to let a friend know via internet chat the Spandau district address where she was being held, which he then passed on to police.

Neither Berlin or Hamburg police said they knew the girl’s family religion.

Kristen Allen (kristen.allen@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

17:59 April 30, 2010 by Joshontour
"Neither Berlin or Hamburg police said they knew the girl¦#39;s family religion."

Does anybody have any doubts
19:21 April 30, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
The real outrage is that they feel they can go ahead and do this in our beautiful egalitarian republic. The lack of respect is astounding.
19:22 April 30, 2010 by wmm208
Religion doesn matter. Look at Berlin removing the crucufix from schools. Religion is not relevant. They need to create a Sharia compliant German Police system that only makes Sharia arrests (e.g alcohol, short skirts) in Germany. This will be the next step.
20:57 April 30, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Was anyone arrested for kidnapping the girl? One would think that a so-called journalistic piece would include a small detail like that.
21:59 April 30, 2010 by wxman
Ahhh, Serbia. Ding ding ding!
22:47 April 30, 2010 by zina80
I think that her family has more gypsy origins rather then Serbian. I was few times in Serbia, Belgrade and in generally society is more western oriented as you may think. Finally, one of the best night life in Europe as well as hospitality is in Serbia :)
23:11 April 30, 2010 by Prufrock2010
I've spent some time in Serbia, too. With the resurgence of the ultra-nationalist right wing, I think wxman would feel right at home there.
23:38 April 30, 2010 by questionsasker
@Joshontour You would love to blame this on religion, don't you? very easy for your tiny brain to comprehend.

@wmm208 Can you explain to me why Hijab is banned in schools because it's a religious symbol, but the same does not apply to the crucifix?

Seems like hypocrisy to me.

aren't all citizens of this country equal, whether they are Christians or Muslims or else?
03:40 May 1, 2010 by 123Joe
I think it is quite easy to look in the direction of religion in such as case as this one. Imagine that in my country at the moment, the same Ex-governor of a state who introduced the sharia system, which caused an eruption of great violence that led to the loss of thousands of lives, this same man just got married to a 13 year old Egyptian girl. I want to tell you that the man is even a senator right now. I perceive that marriage to a minor is allowed by his religion. If this is true of the religion, I think adherents should wake up and correct this archaic way of life.
09:52 May 1, 2010 by LMB222
Joshontour: if they "must" be Muslim, then you "must" be an idiot. Those are probably Catholic Gypsies, and such thinks happen with them everywhere.
14:30 May 1, 2010 by Joshontour

I didn't mention any religion now did I. It seems to me that Muslim "must" have been the first thing you assumed, and you think I'm a hypocrite. Typical.


You would be intellectually dishonest not o blame this on religion, like it or not.
15:17 May 1, 2010 by mixxim
Unlikely that she was a Serb Christian, was the intended 'groom' already in Germany or was she merely being used as a tool to circumvent the immigration rules?

Or maybe she should have accepted her father's choice, married someone of the same culture and background and become a useful member of german society.
01:23 May 2, 2010 by jenniferk438
She will be more useful to german society as an educated woman. She will make a contribution which will be of greater value and will have healthier children than if she became an imprisoned drudge and a baby-producing machine.
22:06 May 2, 2010 by simba11
I think it's terrific that the police saved that poor girl from a marriage that was unwanted.
12:50 May 3, 2010 by dbert4
"Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers. It tells people to go out and stick their noses in other people's business." - Jesse Ventura, 1999
21:48 May 4, 2010 by wmm208
"Oooooh yeeeah! I want everybody to freak out! Freak out! The Nacho Man is right here, and I'm gonna take it to the limit! Yeah!"

"I'm the Nacho Man Randy Savage and I'm the World Wrestling Federation Champion and YOU'RE NOT."

You been running from Nacho like I've got cheese."

"I've been everywhere from soaring with the eagles to slithering with the snakes."

"Bow down to the kingdom of the madness!"

"Nacho Madness is coming at ya!"

"Expect the unexpected in the kingdom of madness!"
02:03 May 25, 2010 by freedomcharity
Freedom is a new charity that has been established to save the lives of vulnerable children in the UK who are at risk of, or are subjected to, Forced Marriage and ¦#39;dis-honour¦#39; based violence. More information is available on the website at http://www.freedomcharity.org.uk/
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