The following article from Norway describes an event which has become all too familiar in Oslo in recent years: a young woman was targeted for theft and sexual harassment (and possibly worse) by a gang of teenaged culture-enrichers. At first it seems to be shaping up like all the others — the terrified girl, the aggressive “youths”, the passive onlookers unable to intervene.
Then the girl’s father enters the picture, and the story diverges from the customary script. It’s refreshing to read about a Norwegian father who behaves like a father: he picks up a baseball bat and goes out to find the punks who terrorized his little girl. Can you believe it? A Norwegian wielding a baseball bat to defend his family!
There’s hope yet for Norway.
Many thanks to our Norwegian correspondent The Observer for translating this article from Dagbladet:
Cecilie (17) was kicked, robbed and beaten on her way home from practice
Speaks out about the attack that involved seven teenage boys.
On Thursday evening an incident occurred in the western part of Oslo which has led the father of the 17-year-old girl to react strongly.
A group of seven Somali boys aged 14-17 years were making a nuisance of themselves at the Røa intersection when a bus pulled up at the bus stop. The boys then entered the bus and snatched a mobile phone out of the hands of Cecilie. She tried to get it back, but to no avail.
Neither the bus driver or the other passengers attempted to help the young woman.
“No one dared to intervene. When I got up the boys formed a circle around me, nudged me and punched in the air. They all got off at the same bus stop as me and began to turn and jostle me. They called me a ‘f*****g whore’ and a ‘brat’. The whole incident was very degrading,” Cecilie says. She didn’t have time to be scared until afterwards.
She ran home and told her father about what had happened. Together they got in the car and started looking for the boys, whom they spotted a few minutes later.
Notified the police
“I phoned the police and told them about what had happened and where we were. I also told them that I had a baseball bat in the car, and that I was going to crush the boys unless the police came immediately. The police told me to remain calm, and shortly thereafter five patrol cars showed up and arrested the gang,” Cecilie’s father says. He wants to remain anonymous out of fear of what the gang could do next time.
“They simply have no scruples. When they were arrested they just laughed. They don’t respect anyone, and they cause havoc all over the city. They were engaging in a pure demonstration of power and they were proving themselves to each other. Where are their mental boundaries?” the father asks? He believes that this is a social problem that must be taken seriously.
“Cecilie has received a nasty shock, but it could have ended a lot worse. Someone needs to address this problem. We cannot and will not accept a society with vigilante patrols operating every night. This has upset a lot of people and we who live in the neighbourhood have discussed what we can to do to ensure the safety of our children,” he says
Friday evening Cecilie had planned to visit a friend, but she decided not to.
“I chose to stay at home. The possibility that I might run into the gang made me sick to my stomach. It is a very nasty feeling,” Cecilie says.
“The police do prioritize street robberies. Gangs such as this cause problem from time to time, and we focus all our resources on apprehending them. In this case, it led to charges being made and the child protection agency being contacted,” says Tor Grøttum, operations chief of the Oslo police.
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