An Iraqi woman living in Phoenix has been arrested after admitting to beating her daughter and shackling the 19-year-old to a bed as punishment for speaking with a man. After the mother admitted to the crime and explained the catalyst was her "Iraqi culture," all elements bear the markings of an "honor beating."
Phoenix Police arrested 50-year-old Yusra Farhan Wednesday night at St. Joseph's Hospital where her daughter was being treated for her injuries. The young woman told police her mother beat her with with a shoe before ultimately shackling her waist to a bed to prevent her from leaving the house. 550KFYI reports that the rope was secured by a padlock.
Farhan told officers that in Iraqi culture, females are not allowed to have contact with males, thus a daughter is not permitted to have a boyfriend.
Farhan resisted arrest and called out to other family members present to help her fight off police, according to court paperwork. Those family members also jumped into the fray and had to be restrained in the hospital's emergency area, according to police.
Farhan was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, unlawful imprisonment, and resisting arrest.
The victim claims her father also struck her several times prior to enduring the assault by her mother.
The battered woman reported that she was set free only to attend school the morning of the 8th. When the victim arrived at school, she disclosed the details of her assault and was transported to the hospital by the Phoenix Fire department.
Mike Broomhead's team at 550KFYI brought this chilling story to our attention. Broomhead also interviewed a Phoenix police officer involved in the incident. This is an important listen, especially given that Arizona has seen its share of horrific "honor" fueled abuses. Recall that not so long ago, Faleh Hassan Almaleki, another Iraqi, was convicted of savagely running down and killing his beautiful 20-year-old daughter, Noor, with his Jeep.
(h/t: Andrew at 550KFYI)