US: Parents dump hot cooking oil on teen who refused marriage

Muslim immigrants from Iraq abuse daughter for refusing arranged marriage which would have brought the family $20,000.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Muslim woman in burqa (illustration)
Muslim woman in burqa (illustration)
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A Texas high school student reported missing in January ran away from home after being abused for refusing an arranged marriage, Fox News reported.

The parents of Maarib Al Hishmawi, 16, beat their daughter with a broomstick and poured hot cooking oil on her when she refused to marry a man from another city, who had offered her family $20,000 in exchange for her hand in marriage.

Local sheriff Javier Salazar added that Al Hishmawi at one point was "choked almost to the point of unconsciousness."

The marriage was arranged last year, Salazar added, when Al Hishmawi was just 15.

Al Hishmawi was located in March by an organization which cared for her after her escape, KSAT reported. They added that the family immigrated from Iraq to the US two years ago.

Her parents, Abdulah Fahmi Al Hishmawi, 34, and Hamdiyah Saha Al Hishmawi, 33, were arrested Friday for continued violence against a family member, and her siblings, ages 5-15, were placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.

Police sources said that Al Hishmawi's would-be husband may also be charged.