COLUMBUS, Ohio – A teenage girl who converted to Christianity and ran away from home is being blocked by her Muslim parents from fighting the possibility of deportation, her attorney told a judge Monday in an ongoing custody dispute.
Rifqa Bary, 17, who fled home last year and stayed with a Florida minister whom she met on Facebook, is an illegal immigrant and does not want to be returned to her native Sri Lanka because she fears being harmed or killed by Muslim extremists.
Her attorney, Angela Lloyd, asked a judge to sign an order stating that reunification with her parents is not possible by her 18th birthday in August.
The order would allow Bary, who is in foster care, to apply for special immigration status without her parents' consent.
Answer by LadyChamp at 10:35 PM on Apr. 5, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 10:37 PM on Apr. 5, 2010
No she shouldn't be forced back. Their culture requires that she be killed for becoming a Christian. Even though her parents said they wouldn't do it, the threat is real and I don't think she should have to take that chance. Just because her parents promised doesn't mean others in the community wouldn't do it.
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