A 20-year-old is left to die because her father thought “strange men” touching her would bring her dishonour, police say.
The woman drowned after rescuers were unable to get to her
A 20-year-old woman has drowned in Dubai after her father allegedly stopped lifeguards from rescuing her because he did not want her to be touched by “strange men”, according to reports.
Lieutenant Colonel Ahmed Burqibah, deputy director of Dubai Police’s search and rescue department, said the woman’s father was arrested for attacking the beach lifeguards as they went to her aid.
He told Emirates 24/7 website: “This is one of the incidents which I cannot forget. 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.
“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.”
He added that the woman could have been saved because rescuers were so close to her.