A Phoenix woman was arrested on Wednesday February 8th for suspicion of beating her 19 year-old daughter. Farhan’s daughter’s injuries were treated at a local hospital. Farhan is also accused of tying her daughter to a bed with rope. In all, Farhan was arrested for suspicion of aggravated assault, unlawful imprisonment, and resisting arrest.
According to the report, 51 year-old Yusra Farhan hit her daughter for talking to a man. Farhan is an Iraqi woman and allegedly told police that it was against her culture for women to have boyfriends.
Farhan’s daughter may bring a claim against her mother for her medical bills as well as any non-economic damages caused by her mother, such as pain and suffering. The court might consider Farhan’s culture in deciding whether and how much to award Farhan’s daughter in damages.
Souad Ali is a professor at Arizona State University and an expert on Middle Eastern culture. According to report, Ali stated that Farhan’s beliefs do not apply to all people raised in the Iraqi culture. He said Iraqi parents “care and want the best for their children.” A court may find that Farhan’s culture is not a mitigating factor in regards to criminal or tort charges.
English is not Farhan’s first language, and she used a translator during her first court appearance regarding the criminal charges. If this case proceeds to trial for the criminal charges or if Fahran’s daughter files a personal injury lawsuit against her mother, one of the challenges will be ensuring that the meanings of words and phrases are not lost in translation.
If you have been injured by another person’s actions, please contact the Phoenix personal injury lawyers at the personal injury law firm Oracle Law Group today.
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