Muslim Wire

Runaway teen to return to Ohio — but when?

Posted in Politics, Society by muslimwire on October 24, 2009

By Meredith Heagney

Authorities aren’t saying exactly how or when Fathima Rifqa Bary is returning to Ohio.

fatima rifqa bariBut as of yesterday, it’s official: The 17-year-old religious runaway is to be transferred into the care of Franklin County Children Services. She will live with a foster family on her return.

It’s unclear whether the girl, who goes by Rifqa, will be at a hearing Tuesday in Franklin County Juvenile Court. The court is handling a case that will determine where she will live in Columbus.

Rifqa’s immigration status also remains unknown to the public. She is a native of Sri Lanka, and an attorney in the Florida case raised questions about whether she’s in the country legally.

Rifqa said her father threatened to kill her for her conversion from Islam to Christianity, prompting her to run away to Orlando in July.


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