A five-year old Saudi girl has died after she was tortured by her father, described as a “prominent” religious scholar who often preaches on numerous satellite television channels.
Lamaa breathed her last breath in an intensive care unit of a hospital in the Saudi capital Riyadh a few days ago, after weeks of suffering from broken arms, a skull fracture and head bruises, her mother told Al Arabiya.
“He used all sorts of torture and abuse against Lamaa,” the girl’s mother said, now divorced from her brutal husband.
The mother explained that after she was divorced she had an “agreement” with her former husband regarding the daughter they shared.
Recently, he took his daughter for two weeks as per “the agreement” but he never returned her back, the mother said, adding that she was “surprised” to receive a call from the public prosecutor in Hotat Bani Tamim, located 160 km south of Riyadh, asking her to go to Shamisi Hospital.
The medical report indicated that Lamaa was tortured with whips and electric shocks. She was even burned with an iron, the mother said.
The hospital matron said the man admitted to beating his daughter, but did not explain why.
“I was shocked and could not believe what happened to Lamaa when I saw her. I could not believe that is no mercy in people's hearts,” Lamaa's mother said.
When she asked her former husband at the hospital why he tortured Lamaa, he replied with a “chuckle only.”
The mother and the hospital refused to provide the name of the man and only described him as a “well known” television preacher.