News, Northern Bahr el-ghazal

Police detains a girl over abortion


By Hou Akot Hou

Police in Nyamlel of Aweil West County, Northern Bahr El Ghazal State, are detaining a 22-year-old, lady for dumping her 8-month fetus into a pit latrine.

The suspect, identified as Angic Wei Atak, is accused of having aborted the 8-month fetus and decided to dump it into a latrine.

Lt. Colonel Agany Garang, the police investigator in Nyamlel town, told journalists that the woman was found bleeding profusely by her parents.

Agany warns the public against taking such a nasty decision about abortion.

“I want to tell the public that if a woman experiences an unwanted pregnancy, never think of aborting it,” he cautioned ladies.

The officer further warned that the act of abortion is a grave sin that could lead to untimely death.

“As a young girl, if a man impregnates you and refuses you, tell your mother or father, and they can help your prompt decision that can be better than killing the baby,” Lt. Agany advised.

He added that the woman in custody was abandoned by the man who reportedly got her pregnant, and that forced her to think of getting rid of the baby.

The South Sudan Penal Code Act of 2008 stipulates that killing the baby is unlawful and is punishable in court. And one found guilty of committing such a crime could be sentenced to imprisonment for 10 years or heavy fines.

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