The head of a young French Muslim girl shaved for her Christian partner

The parents, uncle and aunt of a teenager of Bosnian Muslim origin will be tried in France for violence against a minor for having shaved her head because of her relationship with a Serbian Christian boy, prosecutors announced on Friday.

The 17-year-old girl had her hair shaved and was also beaten in the eastern town of Besançon on Monday, judicial sources said.

The police arrested both parents as well as the aunt and uncle. They were released under judicial supervision but are prohibited from contacting the young girl who has been placed under protection.

They will be tried later this year for “violence against minors”, assistant prosecutor Margaret Parietti told AFP, confirming information from the daily L’Est Républicain.

The young girl, who arrived from Bosnia and Herzegovina two years ago with her family, had had a relationship for several months with the boy of Serbian origin who lived in the same building in Besançon.

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

The family took her phone and blocked her from contacting her boyfriend. The couple then fled for four days and on their return came to the girl’s family apartment with the boy’s parents.

“The first blow came from the mother, then there was an explosion of violence. She was taken into a room and beaten. She was shaved, according to her testimony, by her uncle – her father’s brother – while by being beaten,” said the prosecutor.

She had previously had 60 centimeters (about two feet) of hair.

Head shaving in this context has a particularly shocking context in France.

This was the punishment inflicted after World War II on thousands of women who had relations with the Nazi occupiers in so-called “horizontal collaboration”.

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