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Baby probe to begin

Luke Rawalai
Monday, December 09, 2013

POLICE are yet to charge a woman who allegedly abandoned her baby boy at Vunivacea in Tabia early this week.

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said mother and baby were recovering at Labasa Hospital.

Insp Sokomuri said investigations would begin once the woman had been discharged from hospital.

Fiji Women's Crisis Centre co-ordinator Shamima Ali said blaming the mother solely for what she allegedly did was unfair.

She said FWCC did not condone that the woman's alleged actions were careless and dangerous.

"However we need to look into the circumstances that led her to do what she did.

"These factors need to be taken into account because no woman in her right mind would abandon her child like the victim in this case did.

"Sometimes we are quick to point and blame people like the woman in this case and we overlook the real issue that caused her to abandon her baby," she said.

Ms Ali said the woman must had been impregnated by a man who had left her and she faced problems coping with life.

"She must be poor and cannot buy the necessities of life for her child.

"These are the factors that need to be considered before taking the next step of charging the poor woman.

"Otherwise it is just unfair to charge and put the full blame on the woman."