Maarib Al Hishmawi, 16, ran away from home after her mum and dad agreed she would tie the knot with a man in exchange for $20,000, it is claimed
Two parents have been arrested after allegedly throwing burning oil over their daughter and beating her – because she refused an arranged marriage.
Maarib Al Hishmawi, 16, ran away from home after her mum and dad agreed she would tie the knot with a man in exchange for $20,000, it is claimed.
Abdulah Al Hishmawi, 34, and Hamidiyah Sabah Al Hishmawi, 33, are accused of continuous violence against their daughter in Texas.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar told KSAT : “Several times it was reported to us that this young lady was abused with hot cooking oil being thrown on her body.
“She was beat with broomsticks. At least at one point, she was choked to the point of unconsciousness.”
He said she had been subjected to the abuse because she did not want to marry the man.
The parents were arrested on Friday, and their six children, aged between six and 15 are being looked after by authorities.
On Sunday the pair were released on separate $30,000 bonds, according to KSAT.
Salazar said it is ‘highly likely’ that the man Maarib was set to marry will also be charged.
He also described the abuse as “pretty bad” and said it is not known whether Al Hishmawi’s siblings were also abused.
Other charges are likely to be filed in connection with the case, he added.
The teenager vanished from Taft High School in Bexar County in January, and was found safe in the middle of this month.
The FBI were involved in the search for Maarib, who reports in the US say is Iraqi, in late February.
In a press conference at the time, BCSO Assistant Chief Deputy Ronald Bennett said: “I cannot speculate on who (abused her), or when, or how severe. I do understand that this has been a recurring issue for her according to some interviews.”
He said that the FBI was called in to assist in the investigation due to Al Hishmawi’s ethnicity, and helped the Sheriff’s Office navigate the language barrier.