Father prevents life guards from saving daughter, saying their touch would ‘dishonor’ her

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DUBAI — A man was arrested in Dubai after he reportedly stopped life guards from saving his daughter from drowning at a beach.

Emirates 24/7 reports that the man allowed his 20-year-old daughter to die “rather than she be touched by a strange man.”

Lt. Col Ahmed Burqibah, Deputy Director of Dubai Police’s Search and Rescue Department told Emirates 24/7 that the man took his wife and kids to the beach for a picnic.  The kids were swimming when the daughter started to drown and scream for help.

Lifeguards 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 dishonor her. It cost him the life of his daughter,” said Lt. Col. Burqibah.  He added the father thought the lifeguards were “strange men” and did not want them to touch 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,” Lt. Col. Burqibah told Emirates 24/7.

He said the father’s fight cost the girl her life and she drowned.

“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.”