Premature baby found in Coast Milk tin on Villingili

The corpse of a premature baby boy was discovered yesterday inside a Coast Milk tin on the island of Villingli, the second abandoned infant found in as many weeks.

Police Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam told Minivan News that the dead child, believed by forensic examiners to have been born three months premature, was discovered in the discarded container near the powerhouse area of the island.

The baby was taken to Indira Gandi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) in Male’ for forensic examination before being buried, according to the police.

On May 5 a dead infant was been found in a plastic bag in the swimming track area of Male’. A medical examination later concluded that the baby’s had sustained cuts, bruises and other wounds.

Shiyam said that yesterday’s discovery of the dead infant on Villingli was not believed by police to reflect an escalating problem in the country concerning child abandonment or abortion.  However,  he said police did have serious concerns about the health implications for mothers of these abandoned children.

“Although we know this [abandonment] is happening, it is not something we believe is a growing issue. However, we request the public not support people who are thinking of abandoning a baby,” he said. “We are very concerned about the health of the mothers of these children, who are not receiving proper medical treatment or the drugs they may require for recovery.”

Police added that they had not yet made any arrests in connection with the discovery of either body and asked for members of the public with any possible information about the case to come forward.

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

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. Several studies on HIV in the Maldives have identified risk factors including high levels of promiscuity and little use of contraception, and anecdotal evidence points overwhelmingly to a high rate of abortion.

In an article on the subject in 2009, Minivan News reported that many women unable to travel to Sri Lanka resort to illegal abortions performed by unskilled individuals in unhygienic settings.

Abortion-inducing pills and injections administered by amateur abortionists are one recourse while others turn to harmful vaginal preparations, containing chemicals such as bleach or kerosene. Although infrequent, some insert objects into their uterus or induce abdominal trauma, such is the stigma of having a child out of wedlock.


16 thoughts on “Premature baby found in Coast Milk tin on Villingili”

  1. Another one bites the dust....Oh you ignorant and foolish women,if you want to fornicate at least learn methods to avoid a pregnancy..In this developed world,don't follow barbaric acts..follow the methods,you dumb nut females! Use the condom!use copper T,take pills! Teach your men!LOL..what bloody fools Maldivian women are really!!Why do you have to grow a baby till its formed and get the name of murderer for yourself..You bloody sick woman!Tsk tsk May God never give you another child,
    You fornicating and sick Maldivian women! What's wrong with you ignorant and dumb fools..You give a bad name to say that you are a literate country and behave like barbarians..And the authorities are also encouraging you by not investigating your stupid nonsense..Sick animals called Maldivians!!May God submerge this country soon and end everyone's miseries!!!

  2. msrashyd: although i agree with you on your view about proper birth control use, i feel you have no right to slander women like that. In this oppressed society, women are still considered second class citizens. My guess is these women were abandoned by their sexual partners once the pregnancy was discovered, imagine how you would feel with all the social and religious pressure about sex outside wedlock.
    Im not justifying the actions, but something seriously needs to be changed about how this country is run.

  3. Terrible, terrible story but condoms are freely available to buy, and it is the responsibility of both men AND women to use them.
    If a man doesn't want to wear one, then the woman can say no to sex.

    If you consent to having sex outside of marriage then you should accept the consequences if you don't take precautions.

    I don't agree with some of our outdated ways of living, but there are also a lot of promiscuous girls and boys in Maldives who think nothing of having sex with several partners, both in and out of wedlock. They should learn to keep it zipped in their pants or grow up and accept that sex comes with some consequences, STD's, pregnancy, HIV...

    BUT, these 2 girls may have been attacked or raped, so maybe we should not be so quick to judge...

  4. I believe the publicization of the brand of milk is by far the cheapest and vilest form of tabloid smear-journalism I have ever seen in my life.

    Low, low, low! The word milk tin could have been used. And a picture of a fetus could have been placed instead of this shameless attempt to associate the Coast brand with dead babies.

  5. Time to introduce Sex-Ed into the Maldivian school curriculum

    /troll 😉

  6. yet another reason why we should increase cost of Coast Milk... no?

  7. Infanticide of Sparta thousands of years ago is now reemerged in the Maldives to get rid of children born out of wedlock. Don’t they have condoms? What a pathetic society……

  8. @Anbar, seriously? i heard some parents locked up a six year old child for her/him to chew up his/her own flesh. every society is pathetic. sheesh...

  9. and @Anbar: how about these for a non-pathetic advanced society? i bet the condoms couldnt save those insane parents...

  10. @msrashyd

    Just chill man!!!I agree few things you said but dont you think you have gone too far...control your emotions, you need help!!!!!

  11. The aborted fetus had nearly formed skin creases in the soles of feet, well formed ear lobes- had passed meconium, and with absence of vernix caseosa, weighing 470 grams was placed at between 24 to 26 weeks old. (at around 34weeks the fetus will be approx. 1000grams)

    Therefore it was estimated that the fetus was around 6 months gestation old.

    There were no markers of external injury, aside from the fact that it was stuffed into a can. Two grains of rice, artifacts, measuring 1mm, were also recovered from the skin of the fetus. Zero point five milliliter of blood was collected from the cord for DNA analysis (13 cells required)

    etc. a long report was filed and transcripted to the forensics teams by Igmh.


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