The father of a 20-year-old daughter watched as she drowned to death at a beach in Dubai.
He did not let the rescue men do their job to rescue his daughter’s life. When they attempted to go against his wishes, he became violent and restrained them physically. His actions kept them from getting to the young woman in time.
The father let authorities know he would rather see his daughter die than have her touched by strange men. His lack of action stemmed from his strong religious beliefs. In return, her life was lost.
Ahmed Burqibah, the Deputy Director of Dubai Police’s Search and Rescue Department, says this incident is one he cannot forget.
“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,” Burqibah said.
The father has been arrested, prosecuted and sued by authorities.