Florida Police reported that Sahar Thabit has burned her daughter with a hot knife because she was repeatedly talking to a boy online. Wanna guess what religion that Sahar is a member of?
David Wood — A Hollywood mother burned her teenage daughter with a hot knife to punish her for talking to a boy she met online, an act that defied her parents’ wishes for her to marry a cousin, according to authorities.
The 17-year-old showed detectives three burn marks on her arms, saying they were placed there in act of “honor violence” by her mother for betraying the family’s culture and religion, according to a police report.
The mother, Sahar Thabit, 35, born in Yemen, was arrested Friday and is facing three counts of child abuse after the family learned about the Internet friendship, police said.
Victim advocates say that “honor violence,” in which a woman is victimized for having shamed or violated cultural or religious norms, particularly those of Middle Eastern countries, is gaining attention in the United States as more Middle Eastern families move here and young women immerse themselves in Western culture.
School officials were alerted to the burns by the teenager’s classmate, who told them the parents became enraged because the girl, who the Sun Sentinel is not naming, was supposed to have been in an arranged marriage with a cousin.
Hollywood Police said the girl was burned in the first or second week of January. A school vice principal contacted police on Jan. 13. The school’s name was redacted from the police report.
The teen told detectives that her mother put a knife on a stove and heated the metal. She then placed the knife on the girl’s arms, police said. She was burned twice on her left forearm and once on her upper right arm, police said. The girl told authorities both her parents knew of the incident.
***UPDATE*** Prepare to be shocked.
CBS News and Fox News are reporting that the Thabit family is devoutly Muslim! How did other news agencies and police miss this important fact? If I didn’t know better (which I don’t), I might think that the media are so terrified of Islam that they will gladly conceal Islamic violence.
This next video is a special report from ABN on “honor killings.” Its a bit long but well-worth your time to listen.