Burqa Hid Injuries of Muslim Teenage Girl Repeatedly Bashed By Male Relative Says Cops Muslim Girls Subject to Abuse and Murder by Relatives Like Yaser Said., the manhunt for Yaser Abdel Said continues FBI officials say.
Monday, December 16, 2013
A teenage girl police believe was beaten at home was forced to hide her facial injuries behind a burqa, while members of the Muslim community are alleged to have hushed up the abuse. Her injuries included a broken nose, damaged teeth and extensive bruising. Police claim the 15-year-old was subjected to sustained physical abuse from at least one family member over two or more months. The abuse was known to some Muslims in the Auckland region, who chose not to report it, they claim. “The case was brought to police attention when a school friend of the girl was made aware of the abuse and was able to borrow a cellphone from another child at a neighbouring school to call 111,” child protection officer Detective Sarah Boniface said. “The girl was not able to get access to a phone herself.” When officers visited her home, the girl was allegedly instructed by family members to cover up with a burqa that left only her eyes exposed – a covering the girl told police she would not usually wear. At school, she wore a head scarf. She was absent from school long enough for a friend to become anxious about her whereabouts, police say. When the friend learned of the abuse through community networks, she called the police.