A University of Missouri professor has been arrested after allegedly abusing a 14-year-old female relative for not wearing a hijab.
Columbia Daily Tribune reports Youssif Zaghwani Omar, an assistant professor at the University of Missouri, was arrested on suspicion of child abuse earlier this week.
Police reports indicate the 53-year-old Omar was arrested for felony child abuse after “allegedly grabbing a 14-year-old female relative by the hair and dragging her into a car after he noticed she wasn’t wearing a hijab.”
Police report Omar was at the local high school when he noticed his 14-year-old female family member was not wearing a hijab, a traditional headscarf that some Muslim women are required to wear. According to police, Omar became irate at the teen’s hijab-less appearance, and grabbed the girl “very violently by the hair” and pulled her outside and down a flight of stairs.
According to reports, an angry Omar allegedly slapped the girl’s face and pulled her into his car by her hair before driving away.Police arrested Omar on suspicion of felony child abuse at his home on Wednesday.
The Daily Mail reports Omar’s LinkedIn page lists him as being an assistant professor at the University of Missouri, Columbia and manager of Artifacts Journal at the University bookstore.
His Facebook page says he’s married and originally from Benghazi, Libya. His LinkedIn profile says he was the head of the English department at the University of Benghazi Wahat Branch from 2003-2007.
Omar was released from the Boone County Jail after posting a $4,500 bond.