Friday, July 31, 2009

Girl, 15, 'forced to marry illegal immigrant who then raped her and assaulted her little sister'

Girl, 15, 'forced to marry illegal immigrant who then raped her and assaulted her little sister'

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 2:46 PM on 31st July 2009

Specialist child abuse detectives at Stratford in East London have launched an investigation

Police are hunting a suspected illegal immigrant accused of raping a 15-year-old schoolgirl who had been forced to marry him.

The Bangladeshi, in his 40s, is also wanted over claims that he sexually assaulted the girl's 12-year-old sister.

He disappeared after the elder girl, now aged 17, contacted the Metropolitan Police on June 26 because she feared she was now being forced into a second marriage.

Specialist child abuse detectives based at Stratford were told that the girl, from an Asian family living in Bethnal Green in London's East End, had been the subject of a forced marriage in April 2007 when she was 15.

Officers have arrested a 53-year-old woman, believed to be another family member, on suspicion of aiding and abetting rape and actual bodily harm. The arrest for assault is linked to an attack on a six-year-old boy.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: 'The sham marriage took place at an address in the E2 area. She alleged she was subsequently raped by the man.

'Further inquiries revealed a second girl, then aged 12, had also been sexually assaulted by the man.

'A 53-year-old woman was arrested on July 7 on suspicion of aiding and abetting rape and actual bodily harm.

'She has subsequently been bailed to return on September 1 to an East London police station pending further enquiries.

'The male suspect remains outstanding and extensive police inquiries continue to trace him.'

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