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Saman, are we sure we're innocent?

Too little, too late

By Gierreuno

Who knows where Saman dreamed of spending the summer, before only those photos of her remained in which she wanted nothing more than to be a girl like any other.

Free from that prison that fate had sewn on her and from which she was trying to escape to live like us. Without hurting anyone. Without anyone hurting her.

Now that the news gives us the reconstruction of a femicide that breaks the heart of the country and gives voice to the most beastly instincts, we have a duty to understand where the error lies. As long as there is a mistake.

Saman Abbas, eighteen, of Pakistani origin, raised in Emilia Romagna, was allegedly killed on the night of April 30 for refusing an arranged marriage - better, forced - with a cousin who lives in Pakistan according to the rules of the most radical Islam. to which the family is devoted.

The act was allegedly carried out by his thirty-three-year-old uncle, Danish Hasnain, defined as a violent type and now sought after throughout Europe, who intervened to definitively end the discussion that had thrown the Abbas into deep despair.

A very closed family, according to the accounts of employers and neighbors. The father, Shabbar Abbas, laborer and handyman, the mother, Nazia Shaheen, dedicated to household chores and extremely closed, as, on the other hand, the other 400 members of the Pakistani community, who have taken root in Novellara di Reggio Emilia .

Saman studied in our schools, she was educated according to our principles, she wanted a normal life, like that of her peers. Nothing more. Described as a girl convinced of her own reasons, she had put these reasons ahead of everything to the point of running away from a house where the laws were not the same as she was referring to.

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After the tear, she was welcomed by a community in the Modena area, throwing her mother and father into despair, who did not agree with that behavior and considered it an unbearable shame not to be able to submit to the commitment to give their daughter in marriage to their Pakistani cousin.

Hence the attempt - successful - to bring home the girl whose documents they were guarding, telling her that the marriage had failed and that she would no longer have to move to Asia. “Please reply, come home. We are dying. Come back, we'll do as you tell us" read the sms-trap sent by the mother to the girl last December.

The return to would have taken place four months later, but the decision to close each other with the help of her uncle ready, as he would have written in chat to a close person, to complete "a job well done", had been taken much earlier. .

In this context, the commander of the Novellara Carabinieri station, Pasqualino Lufrano, plays a fundamental role. In a report that appeared in the Corriere della Sera, the soldier said he tried in every possible way to avoid the tragedy. And it provides a detailed reconstruction of the days leading up to Saman's disappearance.

On Tuesday 20 April, the social services warned the Carabinieri station that the girl has gone away and perhaps returned home. On Thursday 22 April the marshal goes to the house where the family lives. He talks to the girl in front of her parents and, after noticing that her answers are conditioned by their presence, invites her, under a pretext, to follow her to the barracks.

Saman says she went home to get back her passport that was stolen by her father who now says he lost it. She wants to get it back so she can work.

The marshal informs her that he will ask for a search warrant to retrieve the document and, if not found, he will act as an intermediary for a copy. Provided that the girl agrees to return to a protected center.

The next day Lufrano turns to social services to find a place for the girl and asks the prosecutor for a search order. It is Friday 23 April: the decree will arrive on Wednesday 28, 5 days later.

The response of the social services will arrive even the next day and despite the insistence of the military will be irrevocable: the place will be available on Monday 3 May, not before.

Too late. When the social services and the Carabinieri go to the Abbas' home they will find only the uncle and the brother who, before fleeing, will tell that the girl voluntarily went to Pakistan with her parents. On the evening of the same day, the investigation into the alleged kidnapping will start when no one is left at the Abbas home.

Eight days, eight very long days. They are the ones that have passed from the moment the marshal talks to the girl to the evening when the uncle is believed to kill Saman by strangling her.

Eight days in which the State remains a prisoner of its slowness, despite the repeated alarms launched by the Carabinieri Marshal who was the first to understand how urgent it was to intervene.

Saman's summer will not begin. She was killed by the tribal fanaticism of an immigrant family anchored in medieval practices. But we, with our slowness, our prejudices, our swampy bureaucracy, are we really sure that we are completely innocent?