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Aiya Altameemi

Aiya Altameemi is a 19 year old Iraqi-American girl whose parents beat her and locked her up for talking to a boy and refusing an arranged marriage. Her mother, father, and younger sister were all given two years probation for the crime. Aiya Altameemi

Mom Gets Probation for Locking Up Daughter for Talking to a Boy

by Reuters
November 07, 2012

PHOENIX - Members of an Iraqi family in Arizona who beat a teenage relative and padlocked her to a bed after she violated their traditional values by chatting to a male friend were spared jail time in a plea deal approved by a county judge Tuesday.

In exchange for a guilty plea, Yusra Farhan, 51, was sentenced to two years’ probation on a charge of unlawful imprisonment of her daughter, 19-year-old Aiya Altameemi, at the family’s Phoenix home in February, court officials said.

The young woman’s father, Mohammed Altameemi, also received two years’ probation for disorderly conduct, and her 18-year-old sister, Tabarak Altameemi, received the same sentence for assault, officials said.   Read More

Iraqi Family Pleads Guilty in “Honor Beating”

by Angie Holdsworth
October 05, 2012

PHOENIX - A tearful victim desperately tried to defend her family members, who are accused of tying her to a bed, beating her and holding a knife to her throat for talking to a boy.

“I want my mom,” she told the judge. “I want to be with my family.”

Police reports alleged that the 19-year-old Iraqi’s mother, father, and younger sister all participated in the beatings.

Her mother was arrested a back in February. Her father and sister were arrested shortly after when police learned of a second incident where the victim was burned with a hot spoon for refusing to agree to an arranged marriage.   Read More

New Details in Alleged “Honor Beating” of Phoenix Woman

by Marie Saavedra
February 15, 2012

PHOENIX -- Court documents released Thursday reveal new details in the case pitting Iraqi culture against Arizona law that has landed a Valley mother in jail again, as well as her husband and one of her daughters.

A week after Yusra Farhan was arrested for allegedly beating her teenage daughter she has been re-arrested, accused of burning the daughter for refusing to take part in an arranged marriage to a man twice her age.

According to a police account of an alleged incident on Feb. 7, the victim told school counselors and officers that her father attempted to kill her with a kitchen knife. She said he put the knife to her neck, cutting her and leaving a 1-inch to 1-1/2-inch cut on her lower neck.   Read More



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