Sexually harassed 10-year-old girl in Serbia questioned seven times, no charges

Sexually harassed 10-year-old girl in Serbia questioned seven times, no charges

Sexually harassed 10-year-old girl in Serbia questioned seven times, no charges Izvor: N1

The mother of the 10-year-old girl from Serbia's northern city of Novi Sad, told N1 her daughter was interrogated seven times, after which the charges were dropped since the girl appeared "uninterested and did not cooperate" during the seventh interview.

However, another girl's charge was accepted, and a man whose identity wasn't revealed was detained.

Vanja Marcic, the mother of the first girl, told N1 morning programme, her child gave statements before different state officials about the September 20 event when the man stopped her on her way home from school and tried to make contact.

"He asked her if she had a boyfriend, where was she going and then unbuttoned his belt. She saw that and started running away and bumped into a woman who walked her home. Then she told me the man put down his trousers asked her if she ever had a boyfriend and whether she ever saw 'a men's thing'." Marcic said.

She added that her child went through another difficult situation after the event.

The girl had to talk to the officers, show them the route she walked when the man approached her, give an official statement in the police station, had to confirm the account, then had to repeat it before a prosecutor…

The prosecutor was arrogant, the mother said, even casually asked the girl if the man put down his underpants. Marcic said she protested and the prosecutor left.

Soon after the first incident, another girl reported a similar event, a man was apprehended, and both girls, who did not know each other, recognised him instantly in a police line-up.

Marcic said that the seventh interrogation happened a month after the incident and that her daughter was then declared "uninterested" because she was not precise in answering the questions, or said, "I don't know."

The mother added the worrying thing was that if there were no for the other girl, the man would have been free.

She added she was angry at herself and had doubts about reporting the case following the additional ordeal her 10-year- old daughter had to go through.

The girl, Marcic says, doesn't go anywhere alone since the incident.

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