Charges after woman confined to house for refusing arranged marriage: Cops

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:44 PM ET

EDMONTON — The parents of a 21-year-old Edmonton woman are accused of forcibly confining their daughter when she refused to be the bride in an arranged marriage outside of Canada, police sources said.

Officers responded to a family dispute call at a southside home Feb. 6. When officers arrived, they found the young woman was forcibly confined in her house and was assaulted, police said.

The woman, identified in court documents as Zounara Khokhar, refused to leave, telling her parents she had a boyfriend and made plans to move out.

With her belongings ready to go, her mother took her purse which had her passport inside, police sources said.

The mother slept in the hallway outside the room the woman was locked in, while her dad slept on the couch. The woman banged on the door asking to be let out, when her dad got angry and allegedly punched her in the face, breaking her nose, the source said.

Court documents show that the weapons used in the assault include a laptop computer and an electrical cord.

She was locked in the room and realized she had a cellphone and called police, who helped her out.

“We can tell you the victim is safe and doing well,” police spokeswoman Noreem Remtulla said Thursday.

Hate crimes investigators on Tuesday charged Muhammad Rafi, 59, with two counts of assault with a weapon, forcible confinement, and assault. Najma Khokhar, 49, is charged with forcible confinement and assault.

Both posted $1,000 bail each and were released Wednesday.

The first court appearance is set for Dec. 19.


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