Dubai: The woman drowned after swimming off the coast of Dubai when her father prevented her being rescued
A woman drowned off the coast of Dubai when her father stopped male lifeguards trying to save her because it would 'dishonour' her. The man reportedly grappled with lifeguards as they tried to save the 20-year-old woman as he did not want them to touch her.
Speaking to Emirates 24/7, Lt Col Ahmed Burqibah, from Dubai Police, said: "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.
"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.
"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 woman's father was arrested and faces criminal charges.
“He was prosecuted and sued by the concerned authorities," said Lt Col Burqibah.