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Police deny 15-year-old girl forced to marry

Kristen Allen · 4 May 2010, 12:49

Published: 04 May 2010 12:49 GMT+02:00

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The case made national headlines last week when police said they were able to rescue the girl from the groom’s family home in the city’s Spandau district before the marriage took place. She had been able to provide the address and ask a friend for help via an online chat program.

The girl from Hamburg was subsequently handed over to emergency youth services unharmed, and later agreed to go home with her Serbian parents as police continued their investigation.

But late on Monday night, Berlin daily BZ reported it had evidence that the girl, identified as Fatima M., had not only been packed off to the capital once again, but that she had been married as planned to groom Nebojsa R. on May Day over the weekend. The paper also alleged it had evidence the marriage had been consummated.

“There is no concrete evidence of the marriage or that intercourse took place,” Berlin police spokesman Guido Busch told The Local, refusing to confirm any details of the report. “We were first alerted to the possible situation by the BZ itself, which is rather unorthodox. But we are feverishly trying to find out what may have happened.”

There was also an anonymous tip out of Hamburg in addition to BZ’s allegations, Busch said.

So far police do not know Fatima M.’s location, he said.

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According to an unnamed source cited by the paper, though, the Spandau home of the alleged groom, whose family is also of Serbian background, has been receiving a stream of visitors in what appears to be wedding celebrations.

“We can’t just invade someone’s home because of a media report,” Busch told The Local. “We are doing our best to clarify the situation.”

Kristen Allen (kristen.allen@thelocal.de)

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13:24 May 4, 2010 by whatzup
Where is the problem? We already have gay "marriage" and folks marrying their cat. Underage marriage fits right in, doncha think? The phrase "to hell in a handbasket" comes to mind.
16:12 May 4, 2010 by martell
Something dead wrong here.

Since when can a fifteen year old child legally marry in Germany? Plus the defloratio" performed on the child at the "wedding" supposedly is sexual abuse of minors and a criminal act.

By the way, the family are not ethnic Serbs but muslim Albanians from Serbia.
18:23 May 4, 2010 by wood artist
I'm not certain of German law, but in the US the situation would be this.

A girl that age cannot wed in any state, and in a couple only with her parents permission. Even assuming they day agree, which in this case seems likely, there would still need to be a marriage license issued by the state.

Assuming no license has been issued, his age and her age would result in a charge of statutory rape, and if she is willing to state that she didn't want to get married, it would become just plain rape. In addition, her parent and his parents could be charged with being accessories.

This whole thing probably depends upon her willingness to speak her mind, which might be difficult considering the pressure she is under. In any case, I'm sorry whenever people are forced to wed for reasons not their own.

19:03 May 7, 2010 by rebelcowboy77
Let's see here....save the maiden from the dragon...and then return said maiden back to the people who arranged the dragon sacrifice in the first place. I smell Smart Government at work here. Is there a sewage plant around here? Any way just how long does an investigation like this take? After taking statements and couple of key interviews, they could have filed charges on probable cause alone. Maybe even gotten a court ordered separation in order to conduct an in-depth investigation. But to give her back to the parents was just plain stupid and it also unfortunately gave the parents the helpful hint to be more secretive when they conduct their illegal acts. Maybe the Police saw this as a big waste of their resources. Since it is more important to husband your resources for the big May day riots than to protect the truely vunerable members of society, little girls. Way to go detectives, another crime solved and society is safe once again.
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