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Hot Topic for September 2015 Father let daughter drown rather than be rescued by male lifeguards because it would dishonour her

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Father let daughter drown rather than be rescued by male lifeguards because it would dishonour her

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Father let daughter drown rather than be rescued by male lifeguards because it would dishonour her

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The father stopped the rescue team from saving her because he preferred that she die than be touched by a strange man.

A woman drowned when her father stopped male lifeguards trying to save her because it would 'dishonour' her. The man grappled with rescuers as they tried to save the 20-year-old woman as he did not want them to touch her. By the time the lifeguards off the coast of Dubai had restrained the father, his daughter had drowned. The incident emerged this week in an interview with Lt Col Ahmed Burqibah, the deputy director of Dubai Police’s search and rescue department. Lt Col Burqibah told the Emirates 24/7 news website: "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.

"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 unnamed woman's father was arrested and prosecuted for stopping the rescue team from doing its job.


What form of abuse does this story relate to? This is a good example of individual rights vs duty of care, however the father took the 20 year old adults rights away from her, what are your thoughts on this?


The 20 year olds fathers reasoning behind him defending his daughter was that he did not want the men to touch her as this would dishonour her. Can you name religions which this could relate to and what their cultures are around marriages.


The lifeguards in this story have a duty of care to carry out first aid to anyone who gets into any distress when swimming. In your workplace, why is it important to have a designated first aider? What is the reason for first aider and what can they do? Extension activity – Read the poster attached and provide your comments on the figures provided.

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