I know my sister, Nina, skipped this page in the papers or turned off the TV when the news about this was on.
Nina always tells me --"alaa...apa lah Kak Ena ni"...everytime I hold her newborn (she delivered Sofea Helena last month). She has 5 children now. Because I will look at her newborn and never fail to utter "...how could people do this to their babies..." Of course e I never get to finish my sentence because Nina would have this pained look...and besides, I would also stop as images of dead newborns play in my head.\
I have written about this topic -- of unwed mothers dumping their babies, in some cases killing them because they fear their families would find out and the repercussions of that. These women are Muslims. Well, that's a fact.
Here's the news report that was published on Monday Sept 17.
A NEWBORN baby girl, believed to be a day old, was found sprawled on
the ground floor of Block One of the Desa Mentari Apartment here
The baby, whose umbilical cord was still attached, was believed to have been thrown from the third floor of the apartment.
She was discovered around 11am by passers-by who alerted the police.
Eyewitness Juandi Mat, 35, said he was repairing his motorcycle when he heard something hit the ground.
"At first, I didn't think much of it because residents here like to
throw garbage from the top floors, but one of the residents who was
standing next to me said that it was a baby.
"I didn't believe him and hoped that it was just a doll.
"But when I went to check, I was shocked to see the baby sprawled face
down on the floor in a pool of blood," said the lorry driver.
District police chief Assistant Commissioner Arjunaidi Mohamed said a
female suspect, in her 20s, was picked up for questioning.
"We are investigating this case under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.
"The motive has yet to be determined."
The young mother is in remand and her boyfriend has been arrested.
I cannot begin to describe the horror of it all. What must have possessed her to throw her baby out like that.
Actually, I know. I can just imagine. So overcome with shame that diminished her mentally.
We, as a society, have failed her. We judge girls like her. And we punish them.