TBILISI, DFWatch–A 29-year-old man was arrested a few days ago in Georgia for beating his 15-year-old wife.
The young victim’s mother says her underage daughter has broken teeth, broken ribs and a broken nose after suffering systematic abuse at the hands of her husband.
After the case became publicly known one week ago, police began investigating it, on the basis of article 126 of the Criminal Code about family violence, which carries a maximum sentence of three years in jail.
But the family also wants the man punished for having sexual relations with a minor, which may be punished by 9 to 12 years in jail.
The girl married the 29-year-old man four months ago by her own free will, her mother told Maestro TV, but the marriage was unofficial.
After a month of marriage, the husband began beating and insulting her, the mother said. Sometimes he beat her with a bottle, sometimes a stick and sometimes he kicked her, she continued.
The mother also accused the man of infecting the girl with tuberculosis.
“An expert told us that it was a murder attempt,” she said.
The girl hid the systematic violence she was subjected to until she found out her husband had tuberculosis. Then she told her parents.
“He ruined the entire life of my child. He has to be held responsible for infecting my daughter,” the mother said.
Lawyer Eliso Rukhadze, who represents the girl, told DFWatch that the case is not only about family violence, but it is a serious crime.
After the girl told her story a week ago, the police soon arrested her husband. The 15-year-old then moved back in with her mother and siblings. She is in good health, but suffering from psychological stress.
“Sexual relation with a person under 16 is punished by law and if it is repeated, then the punishment will increase. Information [about this case] is confidential, and I cannot tell you anything in advance [of the trial],” she told us.