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Father kills daughter then commits suicide

One of his daughters is in hospital after being flung from the window

  • By Saeed Al Batati, Correspondent
  • Published: 20:18 September 5, 2013
  • Gulf News

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  • One of the two girls who were flung out the window of their fifth-floor apartment, at a hospital in Yemen.

Sana’a: A Yemeni man jumped to his death from a five-storey building shortly after flinging his two daughters from the window in the Yemeni capital.

The official news agency reported on Thursday that Abdul Raouf Al Gabati grabbed his two daughters and threw them one by one from the window of his flat in the Maen district in the capital.

His younger daughter Sara, 10, died on the scene and his other daughter Shima is still battling for life in the intensive care unit of one of the capital’s private hospitals.

Family problems

The man instantly followed his daughters and was pronounced dead on the spot. A local official told the agency that full investigation is under way but initial investigation showed that the man was psychologically ill and his condition worsened when he fell into accumulated debt coupled with family problems.

Local media sources said that the man was dismissed from his job in a commercial bank and lives with his daughters after divorcing their mother.

Yemen’s ministry of interior recorded hundreds of suicide cases across the country in the last three years. The ministry recently said that 253 Yemenis committed suicide in 2012. In 2011, 235 people, including 24 children, committed suicide, and 292 in 2010.

The ministry said that Yemenis usually commit  suicide to escape family disputes, poverty and psychological problems.

Comments (2)

  1. Added 18:39 September 6, 2013

    Large countries like USA, Russia, China, European and Arab nations and others, International Financial Institutions, NGOs and Foundations like Bill Gates, Buffett, Clintons, orgns like Red Cross, Cresent etc must extend global helplines and save people in distress. Religious support groups, friends, family, society must help out. If this father had some job or counselling or welfare support it would have made a difference. Innocent lives in the Arab world is already lost through atrocities. Why add to the world's misery?

    Vinod Nair, Chennai, India

  2. Added 15:18 September 6, 2013

    Although this act is unacceptable but lets rationalize the action that brought this person to commit this act. 1. Life is unfair and the Arab countries such as Syria Somalia Egypt Yemen Iraq Lebanon and maybe even Jordan are facing tough economic in equalities thus people have no venting options. 2. Terror is brought by economic inequalities eg. In the USA today there is terror every day but the government and the mass media call it either violence and domestic disturbance 3. Unless we as Arab decide to split religion from politics we will continue down the drain till god knows where.

    Wosim Tahan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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