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Dad stops lifeguards from rescuing drowning daughter (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)


10 August, 2015 @ 11:58 AM

Dad stops his daughter being saved from drowning so she wouldn't 'dishonour' him
"[He] considered that if these men touched his daughter, then this would dishonour her."

By Zara Kenyon

A man stopped lifeguards from rescuing his drowning daughter on a beach in Dubai, as he didn't want 'strange men' touching her because, he said, it would 'dishonour her'. As the father grappled with those who were trying to save the 20-year-old, the woman lost her life in the heartbreaking and disturbing incident.

Lt. Col Ahmed Burqibah, deputy director of Dubai Police's Search and Rescue Department described the scene to Emirates 24/7.

He said:"This is one of the incidents which I cannot forget. It shocked me and many others who were involved in the case." The Asian father took his wife and kids to the beach for picnic and fun. The kids were swimming in the beach when suddenly, the 20-year-old girl started drowning and screaming for help.

But, instead of calling for help or running in to rescue her, the woman's father became violent with two lifeguards who tried to save her life.

"'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."

Tragically, by the time the lifeguards fought off the woman's father she had passed away - a fate that the father allegedly said he preferred over having 'strange men' touch her.

"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.