Dead baby found in swimming area

A police officer swimming in the track area on thew south side of Male’ this afternoon discovered the corpse of a premature baby underwater.

Police Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam confirmed to Minivan News that a dead female baby was found in the track swimming area.

”The baby has now been taken to Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) for examinations,” Shiyam said. ”We can’t confirm how old the baby is.”

IGMH spokesperson Zeentha Ali said doctors were currently examining the body and that the hospital would comment once the examination was complete.

Local media SunFM reported that the baby was bleeding when it was taken out of the water and that the umbilical cord was still attached. Haveeru published a picture of infant which appeared to have been put in a plastic bag.

In November last year another abandoned newborn female baby was discovered alive in some bushes near the Wataniya telecommunications tower in Hulhumale’.

As a Muslim country, abortion is illegal in the Maldives except to save a mother’s life, or if a child suffers from a congenital defect such as thalassemia. But anecdotal evidence points overwhelmingly to a high rate of abortion.

Examining the subject in late 2009, Minivan News referred to a 2007 report from the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) that concluded that widespread premarital and extramarital sex, high rates of divorce and remarriage (including sex between marriages), and poor access and practice of contraception could lead to a high number of unwanted pregnancies in the country.

The IPPF interviewed four demographically-diverse focus groups, and revealed that induced abortions were common among women and girls in Male’ with most ostensibly taking place in unsafe circumstances.

All four groups said that despite being illegal, sex outside of marriage was commonplace, especially among young people. Nor was it uncommon for married men to have affairs with unmarried girls.

The report found that the stigma of having a child out of wedlock compels women and girls to opt for abortions. Two focus groups of unmarried boys and girls asserted that abortion was widespread. Some said they knew of girls as young as 12 who had undergone abortions and each knew at least one person who had terminated a pregnancy.

However the IPPF never obtained government permission to formally carry out a wider study because of the qualitative nature of its research, and its findings were never acknowledged or made public.

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18 thoughts on “Dead baby found in swimming area”

  1. Yes this is just a small symptom of a very large problem. And of course its always the woman that is left litterally holding the baby whilst the man is nowhere to be found.

    We need a serious study into the social issues of this country, particularly of the youth. I think many parents & older fellows will be surprised at just what goes on.

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  2. Its so easy for MAldivians to get laid and then finish the job later by commiting murder like this. What a disgraceful society.

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  3. Extramarital sex is a crime, preganancy out of wedlock would mean a public lashing.

    Where do young girls to turn to?

    When religion is in name only, this is what happens. In a secular society the mother of the child may have had better options.

    Why can't Maldivians realize that they are living a lie?

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  4. peasant, absolutely right!!
    The society is commiting such crimes by not accepting a child born out of wedlock.

    First of all, we have to begin with sex education quite early, some girls at the age of 12 having sex means that we need to talk about contraception in school!

    if the termination of pregnancy was legal up to f.e.12 weeks, the mother would be saved from incredibly horrible abortion practices, and the poor baby would not have to die such a death too.

    But, hey... let's deny all this... let's deny extra- and premarital sex at all and introduce Sharia...

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  5. "However the IPPF never obtained government permission to formally carry out a wider study because of the qualitative nature of its research, and its findings were never acknowledged or made public."

    They SHOULD have done it! People tend to deny fact

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  6. Marina, over 50 people called in wanting to adopt the baby dumped in Hulhumale a few weeks ago, clear evidence that this society is accepting a "child born out of wedlock". heck, I would have raised the child myself.....
    this is not some village like pakistan where the mother would have been ostracised or stoned to death.

    I agree while the laws are discriminatory to women, a public lashing and banishment/ house arrest for one year, is what she would have had to suffer. And she could have give up the baby for adoption rather than discard her like a piece of rotten meat.

    i have no sympathy for the person who committed this brutal act.

    Nothing, nothing can justify such an action

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  7. My grandfather told onse when he was a live end of world (ahirat ) is very near n we ask how near he told when u see mothers killing they child fathers raping they daughter or son is tring to have sex with they family members and no love respect between father mother and child that time end of world start (ahirat) , peace be upon him he told this 1989 now I'm sure end of world is near tsunami in japan us tornado and see the situation of Maldives this is the beginning of ahirat pls all the Muslims in the world let's pray together and get a place from paradise

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  8. Tik tok tok tik tok tok... Effects of Mass psychological disorder..mental time bombs.

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  9. There's no excuse for killing a baby like that. Its amazing how some people like Marina here totally forgot about the act of killing and focussed on Sharia Law. Its killing, for crying out loud!! No excuse!

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  10. There was an excuse when Jochebed put Moses in a basket and set him adrift in the Nile, while knowing about the crocodiles, the hippos and the ships that could kill her child.

    There was an excuse when Abraham bound up his son Ishmael and tried to slaughter him for the sake of God.

    There was an excuse when Khidr killed the child who was destined to be a disobedient.

    So maybe this is a Maldivian Jochebed who was inspired to kill her child because she knew it was going to be disobedient. Allah knows best. And may Allah send blessings upon the Prophet and all praises belong to Allah, Lord of the worlds.

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  11. When peoples from different country read such criminal news from Maldives they have shock! the first question is-Maldives-100%muslims country?
    It is biggest dirty lie in front GOD!so disgusting and so disgraceful to see and hear such nonsense/
    /zero morality ,no respect for foreigners ,drugs,prostitution, murders, child abusers and newborn babies killers it is name for 100% percentage games?

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  12. Like any other problem Islam must take responsibilty! Eradicate Islam, all problems gone!
    Some even seem to have forgotten that they once blamed Islam for pedophilia. Now they seem to condone that it is OK for 12 year old children to HAVE SEX!! Not only it is OK, now WE MUST FACILITIATE that! We must teach them how to do it properly! (Marina on Thu, 5th May 2011 8:33 PM)
    What logic is this?

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  13. Perplexed,
    I am not advocating for children to have sex at all. But fact is that some do it very, very early, unfortunately! And by the age of 15 they either have already done it, or they are talking about how they want to do it. That's why I think education is necessary, since the first priority is to stay clean from HIV and other STDs.

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  14. "Nobody on Fri, 6th May 2011 10:08 AM

    My grandfather told onse when he was a live end of world (ahirat ) is very near n we ask how near he told when u see mothers killing they child fathers raping they daughter or son is tring to have sex with they family members and no love respect between father mother and child that time end of world start (ahirat) , peace be upon him he told this 1989 now I’m sure end of world is near tsunami in japan us tornado and see the situation of Maldives this is the beginning of ahirat pls all the Muslims in the world let’s pray together and get a place from paradise"

    Wow, dude get HELP!!!

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  15. A miracle has happened. A fish has given birth to a baby girl.

    Could this be a Prophet?

    Can a young girl be one? No...I dont think so, it has to be a boy then.

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