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Newlyweds flee Georgian traditions

2010-07-22 18:33

6433.jpegParents' consent to the wedding is an important condition for a marriage in Georgia. It is a must in some parts of the country, and a fatal one for Zinaida and David Odikadze, a couple of newlyweds who had to emigrate because of inter-family feud. They were not welcome in old Europe - the family with an eight-month-old child is sent back home where there is nothing good in store for them.


The story looks like a real movie script: French authorities deport a young Georgian family that illegally made its way to Europe in 2009. They were forced to leave their motherland because of family traditions still strong in this democratized country - not for economic or political reasons.

David Odikadze was severely beaten by his relatives after the wedding. He was given blood transfusion during which he was infected with hepatitis C which only made his wife Zinaida's life worse.

Young people decided to flee the native land where all people are acquaintances and it's impossible to escape persecution. At first they moved to Poland that witnessed a huge inflow of Georgian migrants last year. When disorders began in a refugee camp the young couple moved to France. In Grenoble the Georgian illegal emigrants settled down thanks to beneficence of local residents. In October their son, Georgy, was born. 

But on July 7, 2010 the French migration service arrested the Odikadzes. The parents and the 8-month-old child were put to the center of administrative detention in Lyon. At the time of detention Zunaida suffered miscarriage evoking no sympathy of the officials.

Yesterday the family got back to Poland. Most probably it will be deported back to the motherland. Since the beginning of this year several groups of Georgian emigrants that failed to obtain an official refugee status have been convoyed back to Georgia.

"Odikadze filed a legal residence request for health reasons but the prefecture rejected it. The doctor agreed, so after that we had no possibility to influence the prefecture", - a representative of RESF rights defending organization told RIA Novosti.

RESF does not inform why the relatives were so against the marriage. However, parents' opinion on the choice of a spouse is often a decisive factor particularly in Georgia's mountainous districts where people still go by rules of the ancestors.

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