Monday, 10 August 2015

Dubai Father Let Daughter Drown Rather than Allow Male Life Guards Near Her


2015-08-14: CORRECTION: It now appears this story may have actually taken place two decades ago.

My last post was about how the police in Bangladesh seemed more concerned about religious sentiment than the physical safety of freethinkers in the country. Well, here's an extremely infuriating story out of the United Arab Emirates about a father's religious sentiments undermining the very most basic human imperative of protecting one's own children.
A father of a 20-year-old girl let his daughter drown, stopping life guards from rescuing her.

He preferred that his daughter die rather than she be touched by a strange man, according to a top official.
That about sums it up - the rest are details. The only silver lining to the story is that this man has been arrested and charged.
“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.”
This is religion killing people.

What kills me personally is thinking about what it must have been like for the woman.
“The kids were swimming in the beach when suddenly, the 20-year-old girl started drowning and screaming for help.
How horrendous it must have been in the final seconds - when she may have realized that her own father is actively killing her because she has breasts and ovaries.

Really, are these ideas worth dying for? It's so sad and revolting.

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