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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Muslim Teenager Caught Between Two Cultures

A fourteen year old Muslim girl is stuck between two cultures - she longs to be a typical Aussie teenager but it looks unlikely she will ever become one. When her father discovered her boyfriend in their house in the early hours of New Year's Day, all hell broke loose. Police were called when a man threatened to kill himself and his daughter. When police arrived they refused to arrest the boy because he had been invited into the home by his daughter and that's when the father became enraged. He said if it had happened in Afghanistan, the boy would be automatically killed and if police wouldn't arrest the boy, his only option was to kill his daughter and himself. The family emigrated in 1998.

In October the teenager ran away from home and her father threatened to kill himself if she did not return by sundown. When she did not return, he tried to hang himself but was stopped by his wife and son. Police said "The daughter says she fears her father will kill her and if he doesn't, she will be locked in the house unable to leave, unless he kills himself."

Police took out an AVO against the father on behalf of the girl. He was charged with stalking, intimidation with intent to cause fear or physical or mental harm. The father, who is obviously stressed and distraught, was a qualified surgeon in Afghanistan and is now employed as a taxi driver in Sydney. He was refused bail and will appear in Blacktown court on January 12.