A man without honour


The Australian reported this morning: that “a man was arrested in Dubai after he fought off lifeguards trying to save his drowning daughter, telling them that he would rather she die than be “dishonoured” by having unknown men touch her.”

Apparently, the girl’s father “wrestled with the lifeguards even as his daughter, 20, screamed for help before slipping beneath the waves.”
Lieutenant-Colonel Ahmed Burqibah, deputy director of the police search and rescue department at Dubai said:

“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 [to have the dishonour of] being touched by a strange man.”

Of course, this incident has nothing to do with Islam, and as such is isn’t mentioned in the Australian’s report.

The tragedy and pure evil of this story leaves me practically speechless, but I do have one thing to say, and it is about honour.

What kind of man, instead of trying to rescue his daughter from drowning himself, tries to stop other men from rescuing her?

Not a man with honour.

Actually, not a man at all.

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Jeremy has worked as a kitchen hand, labourer and in policy development, and now prefers to focus his energies working with refugee and other disadvantaged communities. He enjoys boxing but isn't very good at it, and is a professional insomniac. Jeremy will know that he has "made it" when his opponents refer to him as a "pseudo-intellectual."