Story By: Ernest Bio Bogore, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
A dad who allegedly held a knife to his daughter’s throat and tried to throw one his kids out of the window for not wearing an Islamic headscarf has defended himself in court as a traditionalist.
The unnamed 35-year-old man from Cavaillon in the south-eastern French department of Vaucluse is also alleged to have raped his wife on an almost daily basis.
He is being prosecuted for a series of alleged assaults on his wife and children, but he could also be charged with sexual offences.
A judicial source reported: “His wife has denounced forced relations on an almost daily basis.”
Defining himself as a traditionalist Muslim, he would not accept that two of his daughters refuse to wear the Islamic headscarf and that they are against the idea of doing the homework they bring home from a Koranic school, according to local media.
The man is alleged to have regularly beaten them with belts, sticks and electric cables. The children confirmed this during their hearings, local media report. One of his daughters also stated that her father went so far as to put a knife to her throat.
Furthermore, his wife reported that she was raped by him almost daily, according to a judicial source quoted by the daily.
For his part, the respondent denied the facts in front of the police.
At the beginning of the hearing last Friday, the man whose nationality is currently unclear, asked the court not to send him to prison, insisting that he was a good father and that he loved his wife and children.
Arrested the day after the statements made by his family, the man attempted to challenge their statements.
The trial had to be postponed until 27th March because of a lawyers’ strike. In the meantime, the suspect has been remanded in custody at the Pontet prison.
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