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Yusra Farhan Cites "Iraqi Culture" As Reason For Beating Daughter With a Shoe Because She Was Talking With a Boy

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Yusra Farhan's daughter recently started talking with a boy. So, Farhan beat her with a shoe and tied her to a bed because her "Iraqi culture states that a female is not allowed to be having contact with males because females are not allowed to have boyfriends," she later told police.

Unfortunately for Farhan, she's in America -- where beating your children is illegal, regardless of whatever draconian culture you subscribe to.

According to court records obtained by New Times, Phoenix police contacted Farhan on Wednesday at St. Joseph's Hospital, where she was visiting her daughter who was admitted for injuries she'd sustained the night before.

As Farhan told police, she's the person who caused her daughter's injuries.

Farhan told police that she'd hit her daughter several times with her hand, and with a shoe, after becoming angry because the girl had started speaking with a boy.

Additionally, Farhan told police, she tied the girl to her bed to keep her from leaving the house.

After Farhan admitted to assaulting her daughter, the officers attempted to take her into custody. Farhan, however, wasn't havin' it -- she threw fit as the cops tried to place her in handcuffs.

Police note in Farhan's arrest report that when they tried to take her into custody, she resisted by "stiffening her arms in a manner to prevent police from placing handcuffs on her." She then threw herself on the floor of the hospital and continued to resist arrest.

In the middle of Farhan's tantrum, with police attempting to put her in handcuffs, she yelled for family members to help her get the police off of her, which they did -- and police had to restrain them, too.

All of this, mind you, is taking place on the floor of an emergency room at a hospital.

Officers finally got the cuffs on Farhan, but had to carry her out of the hospital because she refused to walk on her own.

She was booked into a Maricopa County jail on one count each of aggravated assault, unlawful imprisonment, and resisting arrest.

Further reading: click here to read Honor Thy Father, a New Times feature story about an Iraqi man who murdered his daughter because she was becoming too Americanized.

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