Don’t save my daughter from drowning – I’d rather [have] her dead.
A foreigner, possibly a tourist from an Asian country who prevented Dubai lifeguards from saving his drowning 20-year-old daughter, saying he would rather she died than be dishonored by being touched by male lifeguards, has been arrested and charged in the United Arab Emirates.
The man, who has not been identified by police, took his wife and children to the beach for a picnic. His daughter was having fun swimming, when she suddenly got into difficulty in the water and screamed for help.
Two [lifeguards] 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… 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.
The father – a tall and strong man – physically prevented the lifeguards from reaching his daughter.
He started pulling and [holding back] the [lifeguards] and got violent with them. He told them that he prefers his daughter being dead than being touched by a strange man.
By the time the father had stopped fighting with the lifeguards, the young woman’s heart had stopped beating.
The young woman’s father was later arrested by Dubai police and charged in connection with the incident.