An Arab Studies teaching assistant from the University of Missouri has been charged with child abuse after beating a teenage relative for not wearing her hijab. A hijab is the traditional headscarf worn by Muslim women.
Police in Columbia Missouri allege Youssif Omar, 53, beat a 14 year old girl outside of her high school. According to police Omar went to the high school around 3 pm and noticed that the girl was not wearing the headwear. Then an enraged Omar grabbed the girl’s hair and pulled her down a flight of stairs pushed her into his car and hit her.
In addition to being a teaching assistant of Arabic at the University of Missouri, Omar is also the editor of the University’s Artifacts a cultural journal (since the incident he has been taken off the website).In artifacts he wrote of of open-mindedness to others cultures.
Omar was arrested and charged with felony child abuse. He was released on bond and his case in ongoing.
Child abuse is a serious crime. Child abuse may be either a felony or a misdemeanor crime. Penalties for child abuse may include jail, probation, fines, loss of custody of children.
If you or someone you know has been charged with child abuse contact Massachusetts criminal attorney Patrick Donovan for a free consultation.