Maarib Al Hishmawi, 16, was found in mid-March after she was reported missing on Jan. 30.
(Bexar County Sheriff’s Office)
Parents of a Texas high school student who was missing in the end of January had abused their daughter after she refused an arranged marriage, leading her to run away from home until she was found in the middle of March, according to police.
Maarib Al Hishmawi, 16, was reported missing on Jan. 30 after she was last seen leaving Taft High School in Bexar County. She was located in the middle of March, when she was taken by an organization who cared for her after she ran away, KSAT reported.
The authorities said Friday All Hishmawi the parents — Abdulah Fahmi Al Hishmawi, 34, and Hamdiyah Saha All Hishmawi, 33 — had allegedly struck their daughter with a broomstick and poured warm oil on her when she refused to marry a man in another town. The parents reportedly agree to the betrothal, in exchange for $20,000.
Abdulah Fahmi Al Hishmawi, 34, and Hamdiyah Saha All Hishmawi, 33, are accused of abusing their daughter after she refused an arranged marriage.
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“This young lady, at different times during that period, was subject to some pretty bad abuse because they don’t want to be married to this person,” Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said on Friday, according to KSAT.
“Several times it was reported that the young lady was abused with hot oil thrown on her body. She was beat with broomsticks,” Salazar added. “At least at one point, she was choked almost to the point of unconsciousness.”
The teenage girl and her five brothers and sisters, between the ages of 5 and 15, were placed under Child Protective Services custody.
The parents are confronted with the costs of the ongoing violence against a member of the family. They were taken into custody on Friday.
The police said that the man, who was arranged to be married to All Hishmawi may also be charged in the case.
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