Judge Urges Counseling for Parents Of Teen Convert

March 2, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP


A judge urged an Ohio couple to stick with counseling toward a reconciliation with their teenage daughter, who ran away to Florida last year claiming she would be harmed for converting from Islam to Christianity.

Rifqa Bary's parents have denied their daughter's claim and had asked Franklin County Juvenile Court Judge Elizabeth Gill to scrap a deal reached in January that includes counseling as part of a reunion effort.

Mohamed and Aysha Bary said the county child welfare agency, which now has custody of the girl and which developed the reconciliation plan, was still allowing her to talk to a Florida pastor who sheltered Rifqa there.