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EDMONTON – A man and woman are facing charges for allegedly assaulting and confining a 21-year-old woman against her will in a south Edmonton home after she refused to take part in a forced marriage outside of Canada.
Police were called to reports of a family dispute around 11:30 p.m. at a home in south Edmonton on Feb. 6 this year, Edmonton police said Thursday.
They found a 21-year-old woman who was being forcibly confined in her house.
Police say the woman was being forced to take part in a marriage outside of Canada, but did not say where. When the woman refused the marriage, she was assaulted and confined in the home, police allege.
Court records show the weapons allegedly used in the assault are an electrical cord and a laptop computer.
Few other details were provided by police. “It’s for the protection of the victim,” police spokeswoman Noreen Remtulla said.
On Tuesday, nine months to the day after the initial incident, hate crimes investigators laid several charges in the case.
Muhammad Rafi, 59, is charged with two counts of assault with a weapon, one count of assault and one count of forcible confinement. Najma Khokhar, 49, is charged with forcible confinement and assault. Both were released Wednesday on $1,000 bail and are slated to make their first appearances in an Edmonton court on Dec. 19.