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“It’s Iraqi Culture”: Arizona Mom Yusra Farhan Jailed over ‘Honor Beating’, Imprisonment of 19-Year-Old Daughter Aiya… Because She Talked to a Boy

An Iraqi immigrant to Arizona was so enraged by her daughter’s American behavior that she beat her with a shoe and tied her to a bed, explaining to police that it was “Iraqi culture.”

The Phoenix New Times and ABC 15 report that when Yusra Farhan, a Muslim, discovered that her 19-year-old daughter Aiya was talking to a boy, she beat her so badly with a shoe that the teen required hospitalization. Farhan also  tied Aiya to a bed to control her.

“She was talking to a boy and our culture says no boyfriends,” Farhan told ABC 15. “We have to respect our culture.”

When they learned of the incident, Phoenix police went to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where Farhan was visiting her daughter. The mother readily confessed to her crime, telling cops that she hit her daughter several times with her hand and with a shoe. She also admitted tying the girl to her bed to prevent her from leaving the house.

“Iraqi culture states that a female is not allowed to be having contact with males,” she allegedly told officers, “because females are not allowed to have boyfriends.”

When officers attempted to arrest Farhan, she put up a mighty struggle, enlisting the help of relatives to get officers off her.

Farhan was eventually subdued and taken into custody. She was booked into Joe Arpaio’s Maricopa County Jail and charged with one count each of aggravated assault, unlawful imprisonment and resisting arrest.

Police are calling the crime an “honor beating.”

Incredibly, Aiya is defending her mother’s actions, telling ABC 15 that she understands why her mother hit her and that she deserved it. She claims she was only struck once and was never tied to the bed.

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