In Armenia, at the request of relatives, 21-year-old resident of Ingushetia Fatima Zurabova was detained, who fled from domestic violence, writes Kavkaz.Realii with reference to the founder of the human rights project “Marem” Svetlana Anokhina.
According to her, security forces came to an apartment in the city of Ashtarak, where Zurabova temporarily lived. They took her to the police station in Yerevan and took her phone. At the station, Zurabova was locked up with her uncle Yusup Zurabov and his friend, who had come to pick her up, and who threatened her to return home.
“Her rights were grossly violated – they locked her up together with her uncle, although she asked not to do this, took away her phone, did not allow her to see a lawyer, who was not allowed to see her. According to her uncle, he has very influential friends in the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Armenia, we are afraid that he will take advantage of these connections. The uncle also threatens to “remember that his ring is missing,” that is, to come up with a fictitious charge of theft so that Fatima will be detained,” the human rights activist said.
According to Anokhina, security forces copied information from Zurabova’s phone and connected a new device to her gadget. The detainee explained to the security forces that she came to Armenia as a victim of domestic violence and asked for help, but they replied that they could not help in any way, since the “crime” was committed on Russian territory. Zurabova remains in the police station, where it is safer, since upon leaving she could be taken to Ingushetia, the human rights activist said.
At the same time, the police in Yerevan refused to accept her statement about threats from her uncle and issue a document about the threat of domestic violence, without which the girl would not be accepted into the shelter. Zurabova’s uncle, as reported by Svetlana Anokhina, also threatened to “deal with everyone who helped Fatima.”
Fatima Zurabova addressed human rights activists at the end of September. She reported systematic beatings in the family. She was beaten for behavior that was “inappropriate” for Ingush society and for “preventive purposes,” for example, for disagreeing with the opinions of other family members or disobedience. On November 8, she was able to leave home under the pretext of going to work, after which, with the support of the Marem project, she flew to Armenia. A few days later, her uncle Yusup Zurabov came to pick her up and filed an application to search for his niece, human rights activists reported.
Domestic violence is one of the systemic problems of the North Caucasus. Local women are subjected to it by their husbands and other family members. As a rule, the police ignore such cases, and if criminal cases are initiated, the courts impose minimal punishments.