A 24-year-old woman from East Java, Indonesia has committed a grievous crime by killing her own new born baby and says it was out of shame because she was not yet married. According to the police, the woman identified simply as LA, a resident of Trenggalek Regency’s Bandoagung Village, had previously worked in a supermarket in Surabaya but returned to her aunt’s house in the village after she got pregnant for her boyfriend.
“At that moment, LA asked if she could get her some scissors. The homeowner did not know that LA was giving birth in the bathroom,” Trenggalek Police Chief Donny Adityawarman said on Monday as quoted by Tribune.
The murder tool, a scissors was said to be the same scissors that was used to cut the baby’s umbilical cord when he was born in the bathroom of her aunty’s house. Police say LA used the same scissors to stab her baby in the chest, penetrating his lungs.
She then put the newborn into a bag of cement mix and threw it behind the house. But LA’s aunt soon grew suspicious that her niece had given birth due to the blood in the bathroom.
Others in the neighborhood heard the sound of crying from behind the house. The baby was found, still alive, and rushed to the local medical center. But the injuries it had sustained were already too great and he died.
LA did not resist arrest when the police came for her and she is being detained while her case is being processed. Police say they have enough evidence to convict her but have not yet named the exact charges she will face.
LA was given a ski mask and brought out to face the media during a police press conference. When asked why she did such a thing she said
“Malu, belum nikah (Shame, I’m not married yet),”
The stigma of zina (the Islamic term for sin of adultery) is so strong in some parts of Indonesia that many girls below the age of 18 get married just to avoid it.