‘TWO YEARS PROBATION’ for parents and sister of 19-year-old girl who was beaten and burned on her face and chest for refusing to participate in a forced marriage with a 38-year-old man (her first cousin, no doubt). The victim was also tied and padlocked to a bed just for talking to a male student at school.
Aiya Altameemi, 19-year-old victim of ‘honor’ punishment
UK Daily Mail (H/T susan K) Yursah Farhan, 51, who lives in Phoenix, Arizona, was spared jail time in exchange for a guilty plea to unlawful imprisonment of her daughter, 19-year-old Aiya Altameemi. The girl’s father, Mohammed Altameemi, 46, also received two years’ probation for disorderly conduct, and her 18-year-old sister, Tabarak Altameemi, received the same sentence for assault.
The prosecution case against Farhan’s husband Mohammed Altameemi stated that he cut his daughter’s neck with a knife on February 7, leaving a one-and-a-half inch wound. He had admitted trying to kill her with the knife, until her sister Tabarak Altameemi intervened. Tabarak Altameemi is also accused of breaking a glass over her sister’s head around 11 months ago.
After she was spotted talking to a boy, her father and Aiya’s sister confronted the young woman and took her home, where Mohammed Altameemi struck her several times. The girl’s mother and sister admitted to tying her to a bed with a rope that was secured with a padlock and beating her. Aiya Altameemi also claimed that she was burned with a hot spoon on her face and chest while her sisters held her down.
The Iraqi family home in Phoenix
She told school officials about the incident and claimed that her family was trying to protect her because they ‘want her to be a virgin for an arranged marriage’ to a 38-year-old man, according to court documents.
Farhan was arrested at St. Joseph’s hospital in Phoenix in February because she had hit her daughter so violently with her hands and a shoe that the girl required medical treatment. Farhan told police she wanted to punish the girl because her Iraqi culture states that ‘a female is not allowed to be having contact with males’.