Religious scholar accused of torturing his five-year-old daughter to death

FAIHAN al Gameri, described as “a prominent religious scholar” in Saudi Arabia, has been detained by Saudi authorities after he allegedly¬† tortured his¬† daughter, Lamaa, to death, using whips, electric shocks and a hot iron.

Al Gameri is reported to be a former drug addict who appeared on satellite television programmes telling stories of his repentance.

Lamaa, victim of a ‘religious scholar’

According to this report, Lamaa died in hospital in the capital Riyadh a few days ago from an internal haemorrhage caused by a fracture to the skull. She also had other injuries resulting from her father beating her, including burns from a hot iron, broken arms and head bruises.

Lamaa’s mother, who has not been named, said the abuse had been taking place for eight months because:

He had suspicions about his daughter’s behaviour.

The couple were divorced and the mother said they had an “agreement” regarding Lamaa’s custody. Gameri had taken his daughter for two weeks but never returned her.

In April, her mother then received a call from the public prosecutor in Hotat Bani Tamim asking her to go to the Shamisi Hospital. The mother said:

He used all sorts of torture and abuse against Lamaa. 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.

When she asked her former husband why he had tortured their daughter, he replied with a “chuckle only”.

According to Emirates 24/7, Gameri’s new wife helped to torture and kill the child.

It also reports that Lamaa’s mother told Al Youm:

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.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn


10 responses to “Religious scholar accused of torturing his five-year-old daughter to death”

  1. RabbitOnAStick says:

    If found guilty they will both probably be executed.
    Islamic law states clearly that in ‘divorce’ the father has rights to the children. The mother does not.
    Girls sometimes can be with their mothers but only in teenage ages IF they have had their period.
    Great logic isn’t it.
    what about who is best to provide care.

    His defence will be interesting as I am sure the little girl is to blame.

  2. Har Davids says:

    Posessed by the Devil are unwilling to cite whole chapters of the ‘holy’ book, ismy guess.

  3. Stephen Mynett says:

    I am sure all the catholics who were happy to let a miscarrying women die in agony in Ireland will side with the father, after all, he was only doing what god wanted.

  4. JohnMWhite says:

    Since Islamic extremists tend not to have much of a sense of humour, I can’t help but wonder if the father chuckling over torturing and murdering his own daughter is maybe just plain insane. Not that it would be particularly unusual for faith to plant an idea in somebody’s head that they should brutalise and kill children. It is a shame that religion can quite easily claim a parent’s loyalty above their own offspring.

  5. Lazy Susan says:

    Slightly OT, but not much … my mail box was empty (yay!) and there was a link “See what people are talking about on Google+.” So I clicked to see who and what is there. I feel sick now. It seems to be full of people praying for dead dogs and the like.

    Have a look, but not on a full stomach.

  6. Don says:

    Divorced parents harming or killing their children as a way of getting revenge on a spouse is, horribly, a thing that happens. Often it is followed by suicide or an insanity plea. Not sure there is a religious angle to this.

  7. barriejohn says:

    Not a religious angle? He’s a Muslim preacher who parades his smug self-righteousness on TV. Where is their moral superiority? What is the benefit of religion? Maybe he didn’t carry out this heinous crime BECAUSE of his religion, but it certainly didn’t prevent him from acting in such a brutal and heartless fashion.

  8. Robster says:

    How can there be such a thing as a “religious scholar”? Bit like describing someone who watches the Flinstones as a “Flinstones Scholar”. Equally silly.

  9. Trevor Blake says:

    “O ye who believe! Lo! among your wives and your children there are enemies for you, therefor beware of them. […] Your children are only a temptation.” Qur’an 64:14-15.

    “Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them.” Qur’an 4:34.

    No one may with honesty say they are surprised by this sad turn of events.

  10. Georgina says:

    If Saudi uses the shari’ah, there is no death sentence for killing one’s own child.
    He may find it difficult to claim that she destroyed the family honour – but no doubt the ‘disobedience’ clause could come into effect. At best, the women could be found guilty of not reporting the torture – but then she can claim that hubby forbade it – and obedience to husbands is also in the shari’ah.