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Woman held after illegitimate baby is born

A woman was arrested in a private hospital after she confessed to having given birth to an illegitimate baby, police told Gulf News.

  • By Bassma Al Jandaly, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 23:10 July 19, 2009
  • Gulf News

Sharjah: A woman was arrested in a private hospital after she confessed to having given birth to an illegitimate baby, police told Gulf News.

The Iranian woman, in her late 20s, went last week to Al Zahra hospital to give birth. The woman, who was in labour, went alone to the hospital, which admitted her.

"The woman paid Dh5,000 to the hospital as delivery charges," police said. Immediately after she gave birth, the hospital informed police that the woman was not married. Police said the hospital should have informed them immediately.

"They should not accept such cases of unmarried pregnant women," police said.

A spokesman from the hospital confirmed that the woman was admitted to Al Zahra hospital a week ago.

"She was in labour so she was admitted immediately to the operation room," the spokesman said. The spokesman said there was no time to inform police.

"We have to charge her for the delivery," he said.

The spokesman said when hospital staff asked the woman about her documents and her husband she told them she was not married and that she was giving birth to an illegitimate baby. "At this point we informed police," he said.

The woman was taken to Al Qasimi hospital where she was kept for a few days. The woman and her baby are now being detained at Sharjah central jail. The woman has not revealed the name of her partner.

"We have to check if she is here on a visit visa or with her family," police said. The case has been transferred to the public prosecutor for further investigations.

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