Foetus discovered in IUM dustbin

• BY Tracy Tafirenyika

WITH the high number of abortion and baby dumping cases rising every day, a fetus was again discovered by a security officer dumped in a dust bin on Tuesday at the International University of Management (IUM) in Windhoek.

The foetus is suspected to be that of a female six to seven months old baby.

According to the Namibian Police spokesperson in the Khomas region, Warrant Officer Shipandeni, it is reported that a female suspect entered into a toilet block at IUM aborted the baby, wrapped it in a white plastic and put the plastic in a pink handbag.

“On 11 October 2022 around 08h30 at IUM Dorado Park, Windhoek. A foetus was discovered by a security officer dumped in the dust bin, the security then alerted the Professor who then called the police., it is suspected that unknown female person entered the toilet and aborted a baby, wrapped it in a white plastic and put the plastic in a pink handbag. As it can be seen on CCTV camera on 10/10/2022 around 11h05. A woman believed to be the suspect came out of the toilet of the University while wearing a white shirt, black trouser and carrying a pink handbag. Walked until the dust bin near the student gate and threw the foetus in the dust bin and walked out of the campus. The foetus was taken to Windhoek police mortuary for autopsy,” the police report reads.

No suspect has yet been arrested at this stage as police investigation continues.

Shipandeni furthermore elaborated that, concealment of birth is a big crime that needs to be addressed.

“We do have institutions for people to go and give their children if they do not want to have them, it is better than committing a crime. Abortion is not legalised in Namibia, l encourage the ladies that do not want to have these babies to wait until they deliver then they can give them away. We have social workers in the country that can help you and abortion is not a solution,” he stated.

Namibia recorded 234 baby-dumping cases from 2016 to May this year. According to police, 32 babies were dumped last year, while 20 babies were abandoned from January to May this year