Just when I blogged about our attitude towards mothers, in cases of teen pregnancy, here’s another horrifying piece of news,
To save herself from the ignominy of being a unwed mother, a 16-year-old girl left her two-hour-old baby girl to die at a park… near a water tank wearing minimal clothes. The child was bleeding and even the umbilical cord had not been properly cut. Following pressure from her family members …after the baby was born around midnight, she took her baby from her sector 5 residence and left her near the water tank at sector 9, [Click to read details]
Another news article says,
“There were blood stains all the way from the spot till the door of her house,… the girl’s condition was bad as the baby had been delivered at home. She was taken to BK Hospital, where she is currently under treatment. The police said the girl’s mother told them that her daughter had had an affair with a boy in the neighbourhood, who later refused to marry her when she found that she was pregnant” [Click to read more]
A 16-year-old girl was arrested for allegedly abandoning her day-old baby girl after giving birth on Wednesday night …A case under Section 317 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 9 police station. [Click to read more]
Why isn’t the father arrested? Isn’t he equally responsible?
This must be traumatic for a 16 year old. Do we have special laws to handle such cases?
The way I see it, she must have found herself isolated. She needed medical and emotional support. Instead her family let her go out two hours after the delivery to abandon the baby, bleeding and cold. The baby had turned blue when she was found. They probably did not know that they could give the baby up for adoption.
What if the trauma, physical and emotional, and the postpartum depression drive her to suicide?
Is that a solution? A moral lesson to all the other immoral girls perhaps, because the last line in one news article said,
“There has been a growing number of such incidents in Faridabad town with five pregnancies out of wedlock reported in the past three months.”
To some Indians that is the biggest concern here.
For anyone who says the 16 year old is at fault, I would say if she knew or understood the consequences of what she was doing, she would have at least used contraception. We do not think a 16 year old can drive, drink, vote, marry or take decisions, but we are ready to arrest her and blame her for being a victim of ignorance and bad judgement.
And what about the father?
Perhaps the parents feel they had no choice. And now who would marry a girl with a baby, bad reputation and a police record? (And goes without saying, No Marriage No Life, for an Indian woman).
Now would it not have been lucky for this girls if she was born in the West?