Now 16, Fatima lives in a safe house in Vienna beyond the control of her father, who she says remains enraged by her defiance.
"It's always been the job of Turkish men to defend the honor of their families," said Serap Cileli, a Turkish-born writer who at 15 was forced into an arranged marriage and now lives in Berlin.
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Despite Fatima's frantic resistance -- her father beat her until she consented -- the dark-haired teen went ahead with the marriage planned by the couple's parents.
"Marriage once meant bliss and great happiness, but it turned out to be a horrible ordeal that I will never forget," said Fatima, who asked a reporter not to use her last name for fear of reprisal.
has a small online dating scene compared to its neighbor Germany.
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