Italy: Pakistani girl (15) jumps out of balcony to escape arranged marriage

A 15-year-old Pakistani girl was hospitalised after reportedly jumping from a balcony in the northern Italian town of Alessandria.

She had refused an arranged marriage with a 16-year-old Pakistani.

"My parents had already been in touch with his and told me I would be marrying him. I have nothing against him but I do not love him," Turin-based La Stampa daily quoted the girl as telling police from her hospital bed on Wednesday.

La Stampa called the girl 'Piccola' and said medics had operated on fractures to her legs sustained after falling from the family's balcony onto a roof below.

Piccola, who has grown up in Italy, is said to be well integrated here. She wears western-style clothes and has Italian schoolfriends.

"I told my parents that I didn't love the boy and why should I live with him?" Piccola reportedly told the police.

Piccola said she did not reproach her parents for their choice, but said she had felt desperate to escape the fate they had chosen for her.

Neighbours described Piccola and her family as "good, really polite people, all of them."

The neighbourhood of Alessandria the family lives in, Cristo, is respectable and is home to generations of immigrants, La Stampa reported.

The previous centre-left Italian government issued a 'charter of values' for immigrants after the tragic case of another young Pakistani girl, Hina Saleem who was murdered by male relatives in August 2006.

Hina's father Mohammed, confessed to slitting 20-year-old Hina's throat for 'dishonouring the family' because she lived with an Italian man, wore jeans and worked in a pizzeria.

Mohammed and two male relatives were each sentenced last year to 30 years in jail for Hina's murder. A blue-collar worker, Mohammed had been living in Italy as a legal immigrant for decades and was in the process of applying for Italian citizenship.

Source: AKI (English)

See also: Liege: Girl killed, might have been trying to flee arranged marriage, Italy: honor murder


Natasha said...

Don't let the American or European leftist feminists hear about this--they'll make arrangements with the families to see to it this girl is forced to marry,

then they'll do some big ole PR campaign about how 'understanding they are of culture' and how,

arranged/forced marriages aren't as bad as they seem...or some kaka bull like that.

Then if any say anything they'll band together in their pink garments while bearing their breasts for tolerance, LOL,

and hold up signs saying--down with racism.

[then they'll go off to lunch at some high class restaurant with the percentage of Dowry--bride sale money they got for assisting the families in keeping this wayward girl in line with culture and theocracy.]

Simon.E said...

Wow Natasha, that was a very "insightful" comment you made. What's the matter with you????? Do you really think Americans/Leftists/feminists think like that? Are you living under a stupid rock?