In highly-disturbing news reports, a Saudi preacher is accused of torturing his five-year-old daughter to death. The man, Faihan al Gameri, is said to be a former drug addict who appears on television to speak about how he has changed his life around. Just days ago, his daughter Lamaa, died after months of suffering in a Saudi Arabian hospital from a hemorrhage due to a fracture to her skull.
But the head trauma wasn’t all that befell the young girl. Her other wounds included burns from a hot iron and broken arms, The International Business Times (IBT) reports. According to shocking articles about the troubling case, al Gameri used whips, electric shocks and an iron to abuse the child prior to her death.
A video report (not in English) of the story provides images of the Lamaa before and after the violent abuse took place:
The father and the girl’s mother are divorced. They purportedly had a custody agreement, however al Gameri is said to have kept the child beyond what was allowed, subsequently abusing the child along with the child’s stepmother. While Lamaa’s mother has not been named, she has spoken out about the violence committed against her daughter.
According to Al Arabiya News, she described her ex-husband as a “prominent religious scholar” who resorted to terrifying and, ultimately, deadly force against their daughter.
“He used all sorts of torture and abuse against Lamaa,” she explained. “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.”
According to IBT, the mother said that the abuse had been going on for eight months before the girl’s death and that it was due to the father’s perception of Lamaa’s behavior. This vague reasoning is odd, as was the father’s reaction when the mother purportedly confronted him about the abuse at the hospital. When she asked why he tortured the girl, he allegedly responded with a “chuckle only.”
Following her daughter’s hospitalization in April and while speaking with Al Youm, an daily outlet in Saudi Arabia, the mother spoke out fervently against her ex-husband.
“I appeal for the authorities and human rights groups to support my quest to have my ex-husband and his wife executed for murdering [my] daughter,” she said at the time.
According to EFE, The National Society for Human Rights said that it has opened an investigation into the alleged abuse. Al Gameri has reportedly been arrested as a result of the crime.