An 18 year old Malawian girl from Chatha village in Blantyre on 12 November dumped a newly born baby in a toilet for fear of humiliation.
According to one villager, the girl who is known as Olivia Mandala and is a form 3 student couldn’t get any of her boyfriends to accept responsibility for her pregnancy.
“What happened is that the girl had a lot of boyfriends. It is believed that all the boys denied. She managed to hide the pregnancy even though a lot of women in the village asked her but she denied that she is not pregnant,” said the source.
The source further disclosed that the girl who stays with her aunt gave birth at night and dumped the baby in the toilet after she tricked her aunt that she was not feeling well. The source said in the morning a neighbor found the baby after hearing her crying in the toilet.
“The neighbors share one toilet. So in the morning when visiting the toilet he was puzzled to hear a baby crying in the toilet. He called other neighbors who destroyed the toilet and rescued the baby girl,” said villager.
Angry people wanted to manhandle the girl but she was rescued by police who appeared soon at the scene and took her to Queen Elizabeth Hospital where she is currently nursing the baby.
In an interview, Group Village Headman Chatha was shocked because of the incident and asked police to punish the girl accordingly.
“To say the truth I am shocked. It’s so sad that this unusual incident has happened in my village,” he said.
“I am disappointed and I ask law enforcers to give stiff punishment to the girl so that others who do the same ill behavior should take example.”