Feb 13 2012
After Iraqi Muslim woman, Yusra Farhan, was arrested in the Arizona hospital where her daughter was being treated for her injuries, she told police she wanted to punish the girl for violating her ‘culture.’
DAILY MAIL (H/T Dawn E) Farhan, 50, faces charges of aggravated assault, unlawful imprisonment and resisting arrest. She was being held in a Maricopa County jail. Police did not identify her daughter by name.
The incident started on Tuesday, when the daughter was spotted by her father talking to a 19-year-old man at a high school parking lot in Phoenix.
Police said her father became angry and took her home, striking her several times. The mother arrived home later and admitted to hitting her daughter with her hands and a shoe, and tying her to the bed with a rope around her waist that was secured with a padlock, court records showed.
Farhan told police she hit her daughter because she ‘was speaking to a male subject and her Iraq culture states a female is not allowed to be having contact with males because females are not allowed to have boyfriends,’ court records said.
Police arrived at the hospital and attempted to arrest Farhan, but she and other family members struggled with officers.
She was ultimately arrested with the help of additional officers and hospital security. No other arrests were made. (Why wasn’t the father arrested too?)
‘In an attempt to diffuse the situation in the hospital, officers determined that it would be better to just remove the mother from the scene,’ a police spokesman said, adding that additional charges were expected to be filed in the case.