A man in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, beat his daughter to death with an air-conditioning hose in her bedroom for allegedly saying she did not love him.
The seven-year-old girl, Yara, was reportedly locked in her bedroom by her father after he ‘hit her all over her body’ and later found her in critical condition.
Yara, who succumbed to her injuries on their way to the hospital, had recently moved in with her father under the terms of her parents’ divorce, her mother revealed.
“Yara did not wish to move in with him and she was very unhappy,” her mother said. Further, in a statement she told prosecutors “He used a hose that he snatched from the air-conditioning unit and beat her all over her body.
“They believe the fatal blow occurred when he hit her hard on the head. He started beating her simply because she told him that she did not love him,” she also said, adding that “He was furious and locked her inside a room. She had an uncontrollable crying fit.”
Upon unlocking the room, he noticed she was in a bad condition and drove her to hospital. His efforts however were in vain as she died on their way to the hospital.
In his defence, the father said he wanted to ‘educate’ his daughter and while prosecutors further investigate the death of the girl, Yara’s mother’s lawyer said they are now “waiting for the final medical report and for the prosecutors’ charges.”