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Parents ‘demand virginity check’ over secret romance

Sophia pictured leaving court where she gave evidence in the trial of her parents. NB We are in the process of checking Sophia's surname, it is not the same as her parents and was not given in court. See National News story NNMUSLIM; A doctor refused to carry out a 'virginity check' on a couple's 18 year old daughter when they frogmarched her to a clinic after catching her with her boyfriend, a court heard. Mitra Eidiani, 42, and Ali Safaraei, 56, also threatened to kill their daughter Sophia's secret boyfriend and warned him they were “dangerous†because they were Muslim, a jury was told. The 18 year old was bitten by her mum, threatened with a kitchen knife by her dad after returning from the doctor, had passport taken from her and was told she would be sent “back to Iran to marry a cousin,†Kingston Crown Court heard. The parents found out Sophia, a college student, was in a relationship with her workmate Bailey Marshall-Telfer, 18, when the pair were caught meeting secretly at her home.

A COUPLE marched their daughter to a doctor’s surgery to demand a ‘virginity check’ after finding out she had a secret boyfriend, a court was told.

Mitra Eidiani and Ali Safaraei also threatened to send Sophia, 18, ‘back to Iran to marry a cousin’, the jury heard.

Eidiani bit her daughter and Safaraei threatened her with a kitchen knife, it was claimed at Kingston crown court.

The couple also allegedly visited the boyfriend Bailey Marshall-Telfer at work to tell him they were ‘dangerous’ because they were Muslim.

Prosecutor David Povall said: ‘Sophia was called a prostitute, her father threatened to kill both her and Bailey.’

College student Sophia’s parents found out about her relationship after Bailey, also 18, visited her at the family home in Clapham, south London, last May, the court heard.

Eidiani, 42, came back unexpectedly and he climbed out of the bathroom window to hide.

He was caught out when the mother saw his belongings, and she made him leave after breaking his headphones.

When Safaraei, 56, got home they took Sophia to the surgery but the doctor refused to examine her, the court heard. The teenager said her mother bit her when they got home, adding: ‘My father came into my room armed with a big kitchen knife and said you have to get checked.’

Safaraei and Eidiani deny two counts of controlling or coercive behaviour and one of making a threat to kill.

Eidiani also denies causing actual bodily harm but has admitted causing criminal damage by breaking Bailey’s headphones. The trial continues.