Dad lets daughter drown rather than let a male lifesaver touch her and “dishonour” her11:33AM, Aug 11, 2015
A 20-year-old woman was swimming at a beach in Dubai when she started drowning and screaming for help. When lifeguards went to save her (as they do because it's their job), the girl’s dad STOPPED them – yes, really – as he believed any male touching her would “dishonour” her. She ended up dying.
Deputy director of Dubai Police's Search and Rescue Department, Lt. Col Ahmed Burqibah, described the scene to Emirates 24/7, saying:
"Two rescue men were at the beach, and they rushed to help the girl. However, there was one obstacle which prevented them from reaching the girl and helping her. This obstacle was the belief of this Asian man who considered that if these men touched his daughter, then this would dishonour her. It cost him the life of his daughter."
This makes us just a tad angry. Sadly, by the time the lifeguards fought off the woman's father and got to the girl, she had passed away. Lt. Burqibah explains how the father stopped the lifesavers:
"The father was a tall and strong man. He started pulling and preventing the rescue men and got violent with them. He told them that he prefers his daughter being dead than being touched by a strange man. She died unfortunately, at a time when she had a chance to live, especially that the rescue men were so close to her to pull her out of the water."
The father was later arrested and prosecuted. So, so sad for the girl.
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