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Father turns back on daughter

BY MERE NALEBA A 17-year-old girl was ordered by Magistrate Mohammed Ajmeer yesterday to be placed in custody of the department of social welfare. The judgement was made after the
04 Oct 2012 09:38

BY MERE NALEBA

A 17-year-old girl was ordered by Magistrate Mohammed Ajmeer yesterday to be placed in custody of the department of social welfare.
The judgement was made after the girl’s father told the court that he did not wish to keep his daughter who had eloped with her 18-year-old boyfriend.
The girl’s boyfriend appeared before Magistrate Ajmeer facing one count of abduction of a person under 18 years of age.
While the girl will be cared for by the social welfare department, her boyfriend was granted bail under strict conditions.
The accused and the victim’s parents have consented to get them married, but this was not allowed by the court as the girl was still underage.
“That cannot happen, she is still a minor and she will have to wait until she is 18 in order to get married,” Magistrate Ajmeer said.
The accused and the girl have been in a sexual relationship for the past three years, with the girl still attending a secondary school in Nadi, and the accused unemployed.
When the accused was questioned about his plans, the boy’s father answered on his behalf saying they were willing to look after the minor.
The girl will only be 17 in two weeks time.
The father of the accused appeared as his surety. He was released on bail on $1000 and was told not to interfere with the victim.
The case has been adjourned to October 12 for mentioning.




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