Unwed mother arrested for baby’s death

DUBAI — An innocent life was cruelly cut short when an Indonesian mother and her accomplices allegedly left a seven-month-old baby boy to die and hastily buried the body for fear of the law and the ensuing social backlash.


Amira Agarib

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Published: Tue 14 Sep 2010, 12:35 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:41 PM

The incident came to light when police, acting on a tip-off, investigated the case and arrested the woman on September 8 on charges of adultery and murder. She was later referred to the Dubai Public Prosecution. Police said four other suspects in the case were on the run.

Acting on a complaint, officials from the Jebel Ali Police Station found the bones and body parts of the child near the wall of a building in the Murraqabat area. An autopsy of the body and questioning of the mother revealed the child was alive and breathing when it was born and had died 12 hours after birth.

The woman confessed she had an affair with a Pakistani national when questioned by police. The man lived in Sharjah and visited her frequently for six months in Hor Al Anz, where she worked as a maid in a Pakistani household. But when her boyfriend realised she was pregnant, the visits stopped, so she panicked and decided to abort the child with the help of a woman friend, also from Indonesia.

A doctor from Bangladesh brought in by her woman accomplice prescribed a few tablets and gave her a shot of a drug, the name of which she didn’t know. The baby was born a few hours later, but died after 12 hours due to lack of proper medical care.

He was buried by another woman accomplice near the wall of the building in Muraqqabat. During interrogation of the mother, it emerged that this woman had buried another baby in the same area a fortnight back.

The mother said she had come to the country three years ago, and that the Pakistani, who worked as a driver, paid her for sex.


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