A young Asian woman drowned off a Dubai beach after her father refused to allow male lifeguards to rescue her as it would “dishonour” her, according to reports from the Emirate.
Local media outlets reported that the man has been arrested by police.
When two lifeguards tried to help the drowning 20-year-old, her father “started pulling and preventing the rescue men and got violent with them”, Emirates 24/7 reported.
“He told them that he prefers his daughter being dead than being touched by a strange man,” said Lieutenant Colonel Ahmed Burqibah, deputy director of Dubai police’s search and rescue department.
The man “considered that if these men touched his daughter, then this would dishonour her. It cost him the life of his daughter,” Burqibah said.
Dubai police later arrested the father for having blocked rescue teams from doing their job and saving his daughter’s life.