Police have examined three women in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll Gahdhoo suspecting that one of them might be the mother of the newborn baby found abandoned inside a garage in Thinadhoo in the same atoll.
Police Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam said the three women have been examined by a doctor, and that details of their medical reports would be later given to the media.
Gadhoo Island Council issued a press statement after islanders of Gahdhoo obstructed police a police team from Thinadhoo from taking the three women to Thinadhoo to have them examined by a doctor.
In the statement, Gahdhoo Council claimed that islanders of Thinadhoo had blamed the three women of Gahdhoo in an attempt to sabotage the island’s reputation.
The three suspected women went to Thinadhoo on the day the newborn baby was discovered “for different purposes.” the council stated.
The three were examined by Gahdhoo hospital, and medical reports showed that they had not delivered a baby recently, the council said.
Two of the women work in Gahdhoo hospital, while the other is a school teacher, the council added.
The islanders on Gahdhoo gathered near the police station on the island refusing to allow the three women be taken to another island for medical examinations.
Meanwhile, during the police operations to trace the baby’s mother, a 28 year-old woman was arrested in Nilandhoo of Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll on suspicions that she had aborted a baby recently.
Sub-Inspector Shiyam said the woman was currently being investigated on suspicion of having aborted a child.
Abortion is illegal in the Maldives outside of exceptional circumstances.
The religious Adhaalath Party has recently campaigned that women should be subject to Islamic Sharia law should they be found guilty of aborting a child.