[guest post by Dana]
A despicable bastard fought to let his daughter drown rather than have strange men make physical contact with her to save her life:
Speaking to Emirates 24|7, Lt. Col Ahmed Burqibah, Deputy Director of Dubai Police’s Search and Rescue Department said that this incident took place at a beach in Dubai.
“This is one of the incidents which I cannot forget.
“It shocked me and many others who were involved in the case.
“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.”
Lt. Col. Burqibah added that the father of the girl did not want the rescue men to touch his daughter as they were strange men.
“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.”
He pointed out that this delay and fight with the girl’s father cost the girl her life. 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.”
So horrible, and so pointless. A young woman, struggling to remain afloat and stay alive, sees her strong and fit father condemn her to certain death as he prevents her would-be rescuers from reaching her. In the name of honor. In the name of madness.
If that wasn’t enough, he made sure she knew, in her last moments of life, just how irrelevant she was as he remained safely on shore without any surging power of parental love compelling him to risk his own life in an effort to save hers. The man she knew as father did not crash through the surf and push with all his might against the waves in a Herculean effort to reach her in time. She was alone.
If this madness is what protecting the honor of one’s own flesh and blood supposedly looks like, what a ghastly lie with which to deceive oneself. And what an ever more ghastly thing with which to condemn others. It is not born of love, but rather it comes from the vilest roots of a deadened heart. There is no mercy, no compassion, no kindness, just darkness. And in its hold is not even the most basic response of human nature, wherein a man is compelled to at least try and rescue those in danger, because in that very moment he recognizes that life itself demands it.
[link added –Ed.]