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 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.
Al Arabiya reports that Gameri was detained by authorities and was transferred to the general prosecution to face questioning.
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".
Of course such inhuman cruelty isn't unique to Saudi Arabia. The man is clearly borderline insane. Only in Saudi Arabia, though, could he be characterised as “a prominent religious scholar”.
The case has prompted a debate about domestic violence in the Kingdom, where it's usual for men to be given custody of children after a divorce.