Iraqi mother in Phoenix assaults 19-year-old daughter after daughter refuses arranged marriage to a man twice her age

A Phoenix mother has been arrested over allegations that she scorched her 19-year-old daughter with a hot spoon to uphold “Iraqi culture” after the younger woman refused an arranged marriage to a man twice her age, police said Thursday.

Yusra Farhan, 50, was taken into custody on aggravated assault charges at her Phoenix home on Wednesday over accusations stemming from a November incident, Phoenix police spokesman James Holmes told Reuters.