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Sharjah: Woman arrested for giving birth to illegitimate baby

An Iranian woman in her 20s was arrested in Al Zahra hospital last week after she confessed...

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July 20, 2009 9:09 by



An Iranian woman in her 20s was arrested in Al Zahra hospital last week after she confessed that her newborn baby is illegitimate, reports Gulf News.

“The woman paid AED5,000 to the hospital as delivery charges,” police said. Soon after the baby’s birth, the hospital contacted police to inform them that an unmarried woman gave birth to a baby on their premises.

The police said the hospital should have informed them immediately. “They should not accept such cases of unmarried pregnant women,” police said.

“She was in labor so she was admitted immediately to the operation room,” a hospital spokesman explained. He said there was no time to inform police.

The woman was taken to Al Qasimi hospital last week and later transferred to a jail in Sharjah.

The case has been referred to the public prosecutor for further investigation.



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  1. katia on July 20, 2009 9:45 am

    thats so cruel tho! why jail??? why do they care if she is married or not!!! she cannot be in jail, she should be with her baby , or maybe deported if they want to take actions…!!! but i thimk they went toooo far and they are beeing inhuman with the matter….wether legal or not! piffff again what a hypocrite country

     
  2. Lea on July 21, 2009 5:40 am

    I agree get a life man!!!!!!! She is so young and made a mistake, we are human we all make mistakes. There are murderers and rapist out there, put them in jail not a young mother who needs love and support during this time. Dubai law has no humanity!

     
  3. S on July 21, 2009 6:52 am

    I think she knows the UAE law very well.
    I’m sure that she knows that she will go to the jail as it’s unlegal here to get a baby and she’s unmarried.

     
  4. L' on July 21, 2009 7:08 am

    in a way i c ur point katia but u have to take into consideration the islamic law!! and we r in an islamic country. it is a hypocritical society yet who r u todo anything if u have no power ;)

    nevertheless, if u compare dubai to other countries ude find jail a better choice than what could have been.

     
  5. L' on July 21, 2009 7:14 am

    i hear ya! but ur looking at it from ur own point of view. i dunno where u from or ur religion but hear it out of a muslim arab.

    given the situation that adultry is forbidden in islam, what the woman has done is a sin. in other countries the punishment is harsher and is taken way more seriously. plus the fact that the sharia law is practiced in dubai it leaves u choiceless in this matter ;)

    on the ottherhand, being a hypocritical country, if u have the right connections in dubai ude get away with such a thing. i know

     
  6. Legend on July 21, 2009 7:18 am

    i hear you! but your looking at it from your own point of view. i dont know where you are from or your religion but hear it out of a muslim arab.

    given the situation that adultry is forbidden in islam, what the woman has done is a sin. in other countries, the punishment is harsher and is taken way more seriously. plus the fact that the sharia law is practiced in dubai it leaves you choiceless in this matter ;)

    on the ottherhand, being a hypocritical country, if you have the right connections in dubai you’de get away with such a thing. i know

     
  7. vanessa on July 21, 2009 7:20 am

    Another example of absolute nonsense laws by a ruling power continually contradicting itself.
    A little commonsense and empathy towards a modern world wouldnt go astray.

     
  8. Dubai Diva on July 21, 2009 7:34 am

    Why does the police advice the hospital not to accept the lady – considering that she is delivering her baby at that moment – can you just expect the hospitals to turn her away? what if it’s life and death situation? – will the person who has not sinned throw the first stone please!

     
  9. Osama on July 21, 2009 7:54 am

    In response to Katia. People who come to live in this country are aware of its laws. These laws should be respected. If they aren’t happy with our laws, I suggest they go and live somewhere else. We are sick and tired of people trying to tell us what to do in our country.

     
  10. Rashid on July 21, 2009 7:56 am

    This is ridiculous..inhumane..what’s their business if she is married or not?? This is so cruel!

     
  11. Lotus on July 21, 2009 8:00 am

    Fine if you want to deport her Go ahead, but why put her in jail..and what about the father ??!!!.. and its shocking that the police expects that hospitals to reject such cases.. do they prefer the woman and child dead? who’s the criminal here ?

     
  12. ashara on July 21, 2009 8:07 am

    Yes! they are cruel. what kind of country is this? Born with inhuman heart. If they do not want to take care, send them home by deportation.

    HYPOCRITE COUNTRY!!!

     
  13. Corpuz on July 21, 2009 8:34 am

    I totally agree with Katia. It’s too harsh to put her in jail. They are thinking only about the crime not about innocent baby. Putting her in jail means that aborting a baby or throwing it on the roadside is better than to give birth and own it.

     
  14. Soniya K on July 21, 2009 8:50 am

    I wonder what they would have done to Mother Mary for giving birth to Jesus Christ- arrest her. After all she was an unmarried mother. Every mother is pure and so is the innocent child. It’s really deplorable. UAE has enough of body workers to persecute, why chase a young woman of 22!!!
    Agreed under Shariya law it’s illegal to have a child out of wedlock. But it’s not humane to put a woman in prison just after childbirth. I don’t think that Islamic, which I humbly believe is a far more visionary religion than this can condone to inhumanity- after all the biggest sin in Islam is hurting another human being.. By putting a young mother behind bars for braving it for nine months and single handedly bringing the child into the world instead of killing or aborting him Sharjah just gave birth to rebellion and dissent and took away their only chance for a future.
    And I wonder where the father is? Is the law not applicable to him?

     
  15. Riham on July 21, 2009 8:52 am

    I really cant believe that the police said that the hospital cannot accept such cases. So, they should have left the woman to die…..

     
  16. Angeline on July 21, 2009 10:17 am

    I cant believe what im reading…regarding the young woman being jailed for having an illegitimate baby. The police wanted the hospital to contact them before the young lady was admitted into hospital. For God’s sake the woman was in labor. So what happens to this woman and her baby now? I wonder if the baby is with her. I cant imagine being in jail right after i’ve given birth. This should be one of the happiest days of a women’s life not the worst. I know this is the law in the country, but it really is unfair. I feel really sorry for this poor woman. At least deport her, but jail is a little harsh don’t you think?

     
  17. Zaki on July 21, 2009 10:29 am

    Even from a pure religious point of view she shouldn’t be jailed.
    a woman came to profit Mohamad and told him that she did the sin, and that she wanted to be punished. he pretended not hearing her but she insisted, he told her maybe you’re mistaken but she insisted again. he told her maybe you’re not pregnant, she insisted, then he told her go and deliver the baby first. she came again after birth and asked for punishement so he asked her to feed the baby for 2 years, she did. She came after 2 years asking for punishement. when his followers were doing the punishement, her blood touched the face of one of his followers so he called her bitch, profit shouted on him and said that a very little of her blood worth all of you.

    this is the real islam.

     
  18. CJ on July 21, 2009 10:37 am

    A hospital should not admit a woman in labour if she’s unmarried..duh! so cruel indeed.

     
  19. OFiroz on July 21, 2009 11:54 am

    It is so inhuman and barbaric act by UAE authorities, though in many other cases I strongly support UAE rules and restrictions through different medias. This is bit too much to digest. If an unmarried woman is giving birth to a baby regardless of it’s father it is her own baby, and she should not be punished for giving birth to a baby cos this is the system that keeping human rise alive, all the rest comes secondary. It would be dangerous if she is trying to abandon the baby after the delivery, I guess this is not the case here as she even paid Hospital fees. What the hell police will do if Hospital authorities inform that there is an unmarried pregnant women arrived? will police help her to have a baby or will they abort it? What rubbish!!
    C’mmon, we are living in a world where there are test tube infants and woman carrying the babies by injecting sperms in their wombs. We need to leave behind those camel era attitude. Illegal activities in dubai should be illicit relationship, not it’s result!!!

     
  20. Ashamed on July 21, 2009 1:02 pm

    This goes beyond every understanding. A shame. People should be left to bear their own responsibility. I wonder what is hidden behind the respectability of her judges. When will an end come to such barbaric laws and practices?

     
  21. zainzak on July 21, 2009 2:06 pm

    Yes Katia, I agree with you it is a total inhuman and unfair practice, why the poor women should be put in jail? She committed a mistake ok fine who doesn’t? Was it better that she delivered the baby somewhere and then threw the baby in the garbage pin and disappears? Why on earth the authorities are palming the Hospital for accepting the woman, they wanted her to deliver her baby on the road in public or what???? Double standard! If she was a Westerner she will never be jailed, on the contrary she will be indulged and taken care of. if she was Ms Paris Hilton walking around with her offensive pikini she will be most welcomed, yah? Why rather putting this poor woman in jail asks her to disclose the name of her partner and arrest him and ask him to marry her and protect her and her baby from such miserable fate.

     
  22. Peter Pan on July 21, 2009 4:04 pm

    I wonder how in the year 2250 these actions and ideas would look like!

     
  23. jonathan on July 21, 2009 8:03 pm

    I hate to hear such unfair treatments to women. Only fool people will keep doing that. What is the responsibility of men then?

     
  24. Amin on July 22, 2009 6:31 am

    In Response to Osama’s: ” “In response to Katia. People who come to live in this country are aware of its laws. These laws should be respected. If they aren’t happy with our laws, I suggest they go and live somewhere else. We are sick and tired of people trying to tell us what to do in our country….” ” …….Does this Osama mean that people living here (on resident’s Visa) have no right to discuss /put forth dissenting views…Does he mean the UAE society (I mean Nationals) are closed-minded to other viewpoints…or changes in societal values…etc, etc.

    [ However, I firmly believe Osama is a minority view among UAE Nationals... I personally know lots of them with a very human view to such incidents.... ]

    If thats the case, I’m sorry that all UAE students, guys (hardly any gals, since the baby-machines dont need no education) ‘Living’ in western countires shud be treated the same way… Perhaps Osamas of this world need to face themselves in mirror after morning prayer and ask what are they doing weith their lives…

     
  25. Mohammad on July 22, 2009 11:53 am

    What was worrying more than the jail sentence was that the hospital was rebuked for accepting the woman. Does this mean any unmarried woman givign birth should do so on the street and risk her death as well as the baby’s?

     
  26. Mohammad Yousaf on July 22, 2009 12:12 pm

    Osama & Amin!! you guys are absolutely correct.

    We should respect the country’s law and above all respect the National of UAE and must be thankful to Government of the UAE who gave us chance to work and live a good life here. Of course the expatriate are also doing excellent job for the country, but imagine your life in UK/USA/AUSTRALIA.

    People from Asia must be happy that they have the same culture here..women are respected & treated equally. They have more rights even than that of their countries even the women are more protected in UAE other than of any country in the world.

    Peter Pan: Islamic Laws & Muslim society has been created 1400 years ago, these laws & traditions will remain same till the day of judgment apart of that how many people follow it.

    The people commenting against the action of Sharjah Police are not Muslims or may be they are not aware of the Local Laws or/they have something different in their brains. These ladies and gentlemen must trust the present government that they will not take any action which will be against humanity and the Islam is the only religion gives the maximum rights to human being, regardless of genders, color, nationality, etc.

    In the Last!! let me assure you that I have trust in the State and Police and expect that they baby and mother are safe. They will be provided with all the necessities of life in the Jail and justice will be done very soon, as per the State/Islamic Sharia Laws.

    God May protect us all from evils and gave us wisdom to define the right & wrong!!

     
  27. Doug on July 22, 2009 4:02 pm

    I see the point here – look, obviously the woman has committed adultery. Yes, that’s a crime here. As a Western expat it isn’t my place to judge what’s acceptable here or not. And I think the police are being highly irresponsible if they’re advising hospitals to turn away unmarried pregnant women – that’s setting up two deaths, effectively manslaughter. Isn’t that worse than adultery.

    However, on the other hand, it’s not as if the woman didn’t know the penalty or that she was going to give birth. She’s had 9 months to go somewhere safer to give birth or get an abortion.

     
  28. Mohammad on July 23, 2009 7:11 am

    Dear Mohammad Yousuf,

    Islamic laws have been created 1400 years ago but please dont pretend that laws have always been applied without cultural distortions. Unmarried fornicators are awarded 100 lashes, but in some parts of Muslim World,they are executed and the people pretend that is Islam.

    I would like to see the exact text from Quran/Ahadith that imply that an unmarried woman giving birth should not be given medical attention. If you dont have then dont try to tarnish critics as non-muslim as you have done.

    And how many countries have you been in to be sure that women have more rights in UAE than in any other country?
    There is a difference between fair praise and extreme brown-nosing; your comments fall under the latter category.

     
  29. Hussain on July 23, 2009 8:27 am

    Congratulation Zaki. Your message is sensible, in your short message you have conveyed it to all, ie. the Police and the people specially Osama, that it’s not the rule of the land, it’s altimately being ‘HUMAN’ and treating human with love and consideration. Would it be right for this lady to murder the child (ABOT)?? since she has made a mistake?? or be brave and give birth to a life?? Consider for a while one of your own family member commiting this mistake.

     
  30. Amin on July 23, 2009 1:15 pm

    Mohammad Yousaf on July 22nd, 2009 at 12:12 pm:
    Osama & Amin!! you guys are absolutely correct.

    We should respect the country’s law and above all respect the National of UAE and must be thankful to Government of the UAE who gave us chance to work and live a good life here. Of course the expatriate are also doing excellent job for the country, but imagine your life in UK/USA/AUSTRALIA.

    People from Asia must be happy that they have the same culture here..women are respected & treated equally. They have more rights even than that of their countries even the women are more protected in UAE other than of any country in the world.

    Peter Pan: Islamic Laws & Muslim society has been created 1400 years ago, these laws & traditions will remain same till the day of judgment apart of that how many people follow it.

    The people commenting against the action of Sharjah Police are not Muslims or may be they are not aware of the Local Laws or/they have something different in their brains. These ladies and gentlemen must trust the present government that they will not take any action which will be against humanity and the Islam is the only religion gives the maximum rights to human being, regardless of genders, color, nationality, etc.

    In the Last!! let me assure you that I have trust in the State and Police and expect that they baby and mother are safe. They will be provided with all the necessities of life in the Jail and justice will be done very soon, as per the State/Islamic Sharia Laws.

    God May protect us all from evils and gave us wisdom to define the right & wrong!!

    I AM NOT SURE HOW TO TELL THIS MR. YOUSUF… BUT MY COMMENTS WERE DIRECTLY OPPOSITE TO ‘OSAMA’ AND WE CANNOT BE BOTH CORRECT AT THE SAME TIME !!!

    I RESERVE MY PERSONAL RIGHT OF OPINION ON WHETHER THE ISLAMIC TRADITIONS OF 1400 yrs AGO NEED TO REMAIN THE SAME OR NEED TO BE CHANGED A LITTLE OVER TIME TO ACCOMODATE SOME OF THE CHANGES IN SOCIETY…. AS DOOUG SAID WE ARE EXPATS…SO WE THANK THE WORK-PLACE AND LAWS OF THIS LAND, HOWEVER, WE CANNOT ALSO AGREE THAT YOUR VIEWS ARE THE VIEWS OF MAJORITY IN U.A.E.

    LETS TALK IT OVER…LATER….

     
  31. giusseppe on July 29, 2009 3:29 am

    Hi All! I may not live in UAE but the issue at hand is simple but most of you are arguing on something else. Like Doug, I agree that the advice of the police is very irresponsible. Very very irresponsible in my opinion. Anyway, with regard to the arrest of the woman having an illegitimate child, is not totally inhumane. You may argue that why would they care if she has an illegitimate child? Well, it’s not about having an illegitimate child per se. It’s their law against adultery/premarital sex which they take very seriously and rearing an illegitimate child means only 1 thing, either premarital sex or adultery. You’re living in their country and they have their own laws. In my country, adultery and premarital sex aren’t taken seriously as crimes here unless for the case of adultery when the partner will file a case against his/her partner who committed adultery.

    The point here is that there are different laws in different countries. There are laws you find absurd in UAE because you’re not used to it. Like them, if they live in your country, I’m sure they will find some laws you have as absurd.

    Get my point, amigo?

     
  32. Mauve717 on July 29, 2009 6:58 am

    No one cares for the baby . . . so what if she was having the baby out of wedlock? and broken sharia law? She deserves medical attention anyway for the baby’s sake. I also believe that the baby needs to be with his/her mother. I can’t believe they just threw her in jail like that.How cruel!

     
  33. giusseppe on July 29, 2009 8:39 am

    I think the debate here will boil down to whether the government should upheld the law (as it is evident that she broke the law) or should they be compassionate over the young mother. It’s a dilemma for the authorities. If they choose to uphold the law, then the authorities will appear strong-willed and will send a strong message to people living in UAE that they will not tolerate anybody who breaks the law but people wouldn’t be happy about it especially those who see this act as cruelty. On the other hand, if they will be compassionate to this young mother and forgive her, then they will make the people happy by being humane to the mother but it will also send a message to the citizens of UAE that they can bend the law if they wanted to.

    I think this will go bad for the young mother if the authorities will play hard ball on this and say “No one is above the law.” Clearly, the authorities are at an advantage here unless the woman can prove that she conceived the child thru immaculate conception or thru rape. Something that will prove that she didn’t conceive the child thru consensual sex (premarital or adultery).

     
  34. eduardo from dubai on August 2, 2009 2:28 pm

    i manage to skip 10 mins of my work and read what you’ve written here. Truly “where you stand depends on where you sit”. All your observations might be true, or maybe half truth or maybe a half lie. I myself have experienced jailed by sharjah police and i even gave them a box of chocolates when i was freed because they’ve kept me with dignity and concern. Secondly, the sharjah police might have told the hospital not to accept these situations because they might have other institutions who can deal these situations on a more prudent way. The police has just said not to accept unmarried pregnant women but they were silent already when the hospital said that the woman is in labor, i think there’s compassion already in that scenario, don’t you think guys? I am a christian but i admire islam’s value for life. Would they care less for human babies THAN they care with insects and animals? I don’t think so. And lastly, no matter where, the Laws of the government are still God ordained laws. And anyone violating these laws are also violating God’s law who gives authority to the government to govern mankind. UAE and sharjah’s adherence to their law is not only to preserve the law of God but also to protect it’s future civilization from becoming another Soddom or Gemorrah. Who are we to judge? By the way, when Virgin mary got pregnant, she was married by joseph and taken secretly to his house to avoid scandal. Read your bible SONIYA K.

     
  35. firdowse on August 6, 2009 11:21 pm

    I THINK THIS IS INSANE..SERIOUSLY WHAT DO THEY CARE IF THE WOMAN IS UNMARRIED..AND A HOSPITAL CANNOT TURN AWAY A WOMAN THAT’S IN LABOR ITS LIKE KILLING 2 PEOPLE ;MANSLAUGHTER WHICH IS FAR MORE SERIOUS THAN ADULTERY OR FORNICATION..AND TAKING THE WOMAN AWAY FROM HER BABY;MAN THESE PEOPLE HERE ARE SICK..THAT WOMAN DESERVES THE RIGHT TO BE WITH HER CHILD WHETHER ITS FROM A MARRIGE OR OUT OF WEDLOCK AND IF IT IS THAT THEY WANTED TO DO SOMETHING TO THE WOMAN IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DEPORTMENT OUT OF THE COUNTRY NOT SENDING THE WOMAN TO JAIL AND LEAVING HER BABY TO SUFFER..ALLAH(SWT) WILL DEAL WITH THOSE POLICE AND WHOEVER ELSE IS INVOLVE HES GONNA PUT HIS RATH ON U…SAUDI’S LAWS ARE TOO SICK AND SELFISH ALL THE SAUDIS CARE FOR ARE THEM SELVES ..DAMN I HATE THIS PLACE…U SAUDIS REALLY NEED TO CHANGE UR ATTITUDE AND START THINKINH

     
  36. firdowse on August 6, 2009 11:23 pm

    about other people and stop thinkg of urselves..cause others are human too not just uu..and allah said treat others the way u would like urself and ur family to be treated..

     
  37. Lorraine on August 19, 2009 9:04 am

    Keeping the child away from the mother will add to the sanity of the mother. Even the child will not be healthy. Where is the father ? and who is responsible for all this ????

     

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