A couple happily married and in love but hampered by the wife’s family who has also come to threats and violence.
No, we are not in the Verona of Romeo and Juliet. We are in Modena and, above all, we are in 2023. Yet certain dynamics sometimes come back. George Pagan he seriously fears for his wife’s life.
Giorgio and Boutania on their wedding day/ web archive-Read it
“I’m afraid, I fear that my wife Boutania could end badly, just like poor Saman Abbas, the Pakistani girl from Novellara killed by family members. Boutania, on the other hand, is Moroccan, but her uncle and her mother never accepted her marrying me”- to tell this story is George Pagan44 years old, who lives in Castelfranco Emiliano – Modena – with his moglie Boutania – aged 23 – and their two daughters aged 7 and 18 months. He’s wheelchair-bound with a degenerative disease, so he can’t protect his wife when she goes out. Giorgio explains that Boutania was threatened and beaten by her uncle more than once. And she hasn’t spoken to his mother for three years. Yet, in the beginning, it was the wife’s family that favored their union. What has changed then? The man explains that Boutania’s family had a precise plan: to make the young woman married Giorgio to obtain a residence permit. It should have been a fake marriage: once they got married in Morocco, Boutania could have come to Italy and then leave Giorgio. Small inconvenience: the two fell in love really and this the girl’s family does not accept it.
Threats and violence
The couple with one of their daughters/ web archive-Read it
George Pagan he continues: “Since then the threats have come. Boutania was once punched in front of me, another time when she was at her mother’s house, he threw an object in front of her, another time he tried to run over her while she was baby in the stroller. She cursed her because she loves to dress western and above all she forced her not to see me anymore, “a Moroccan must marry a Moroccan” she shouted at her. A very similar story to that of Saman AbbasThe couple turned to the Carabinieri several times and the Modena prosecutor’s office opened an investigation against Boutania’s uncle and now a process will start even towards the mother. But that doesn’t make them safer. On the contrary: having made family matters public has further exacerbated the attitudes of Boutania’s relatives. The only one on the side of the two spouses is the girl’s father but she hasn’t seen him for three years and can’t go back to Morocco to visit him: “If we go back to Morocco they’ll kill us. I’m not exaggerating, believe me, we know that there are people ready to do it to wash what many of them consider a very serious fault: Boutania married me and then she also loves to dress western style, attitudes that too many still don’t tolerate“- concluded the 44-year-old.
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