Even Italy is not immune to act of extremism when it comes to Islam. A Muslim mother shaved her daughter’s head completely bald because she found out that her daughter did not like wearing her headscarf outside of the house.
The girl would take it off as soon as she left her home and put it back on before she returned to her house after a day of school. Unfortunately, she was caught by her mother and ended up going to school bald on Thursday, where teachers asked and the principal took action to protect the girl by informing the authorities, who took the girl into custody.
Leaders of the Italian Muslim community are upset with the mother for her ‘act of coercion’ and for taking away the ‘free choice of the person.’ Government officials say that ‘those who come to Italy must follow our laws’ and that what the mother did was absolutely unacceptable as a parent and as a person.
Charges of mistreatment and abuse have been brought against the girl’s parents, who are of Bangladeshi origin, and the case has been handed over to the local prosecutor of offenses involving minors, together with the cooperation of social services.
The mayor of Bologna, Virginio Merola, criticized the punishment inflicted on the girl as “unacceptable parental authoritarianism” and warned that “those who come to Italy must follow our laws and our Constitution.” The Bologna coordinator of the Muslim community, Yassine Lafram, also took the girl’s side in the matter, stating that according to Islamic tradition “any form of coercion makes the act itself invalid.”
All the prescriptions of Islam, from the Ramadan fast to the pilgrimage to Mecca, “are part of a free choice of the person and no one can impose them, religiously speaking,” Lafram said. At the same time, Lafram said it is necessary “to help the family, including the mother herself, and to understand what motivated her to carry out this act.” “It’s too easy to condemn her and hand her over to the mediatic slaughterhouse,” he said.