Nepal | September 29, 2020

Unwanted no more: adoption offers pour in for baby found in Singapore bin

Share Now:

SINGAPORE: An abandoned baby rescued from a bin in Singapore has aroused widespread sympathy, drawing several offers of adoption, according to authorities and media in the city-state wrestling with low birth rates.

Aside from adoption enquiries received by child protection services, at least six women have written to local daily The New Paper saying they wanted to care for or adopt the baby.

“I am willing to do anything for the baby,” Shahirah Slamat, 34, said in comments published by the paper.

“I feel so jealous when I see people pregnant. My sister has five children…We want a child so much.”

Rubbish collectors found the crying baby last week in a bloody plastic bag while clearing rubbish from a bin at the foot of a trash chute on a local housing estate.

A local politician said the baby could have been crushed by a compactor if it were not for the cleaners’ intervention.

In the wake of the incident, many have lamented the rare case of abandonment in the wealthy island nation which has the second-fastest aging population in the world after South Korea and one of the lowest fertility rates globally.

Latest data shows the number of births in Singapore fell to an eight-year low in 2018.

“Oh why people abandon their babies? We are in need of a population growth so don’t abandon the babies and I’m more than happy to adopt one if the conditions are right,” social media user Leong Lim said in a Facebook post.

The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) said in response to Reuters’ questions on Wednesday that several people had enquired about adopting the baby, which was in stable condition. Police said investigations into the incident were ongoing.

While the child’s birth parents, who have not been named by authorities, were mostly criticized on social media, some said more understanding was needed considering the stigma surrounding single mothers.

“We should step up efforts to support them and reduce stigma rather than judge these women and young girls who may be not far from being children themselves,” said another Facebook user Abirame Subramanian.

Baby abandonment is rare in the city-state, which has a population of about 5.7 million. There were such 17 cases from 2009 to 2019, according to the MSF.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Another woman succumbs to COVID-19 at BPKIHS

KATHMANDU: A woman infected with COVID-19 succumbed to the disease at BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS), on Monday morning. The 38-year-old woman from Dharan Sub-metropolitan City of Sunsari district had been undergoing treatment at the emergency ward of the hospital. She was ad Read More...

1,351 new cases take Nepal’s coronavirus tally to 74,745 on Monday

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s coronavirus tally moved to 74,745 as 1,351 new infections were reported in the last 24 hours. As many as 742 people that had earlier contracted Covid-19 tested negative for the infection as per the Ministry’s latest data. So far, 54,640 people have recovered from the diseas Read More...

Liverpool boss Klopp not anticipating any further arrivals

Liverpool will not make further additions to their squad in the transfer window unless they lose first-team players to injuries, manager Juergen Klopp has said. The reigning Premier League champions bolstered their squad with the signings of Thiago Alcantara, Diogo Jota and Kostas Tsimikas bu Read More...

"Planet is dying", India's 8-year-old climate crusader warns

NEW DELHI: When 8-year-old Indian climate change activist Licypriya Kangujam is older, she wants to launch a solo mission to the moon to research ways to save planet earth. One of the world's youngest climate change activists, Kangujam was influenced by the images of the devastation caused by Read More...

Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 32.97 million, death toll over 994,000

At least 32,979,301 people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 994,217 people have died, a Reuters tally showed. Beijing on Monday called on importers to shun frozen food from countries suffering from severe novel coronavirus outbreaks after several cases Read More...

Baitadi district

Baitadi jail facing challenges due to overcrowding

BAITADI: District Jail, Baitadi has been facing problems in the management since it has been housing more than twice the number of jailbirds to its capacity. The jail is currently housing 58 persons including 31 inmates and 27 detainees. However, the prison only has the capacity to accommodate Read More...

Kathmandu Valley records 817 infections on Monday

KATHMANDU: Kathmandu valley logged over 800 additional cases of coronavirus infection in the last 24 hours. As per the Health Ministry’s latest report, 817 new infections surfaced in the valley today, which 60.47 per cent of the total caseload. Read Also: 1,351 new cases take Nepal’s coro Read More...

Four Covid-19 fatalities recorded on Monday, tally shifts to 481

KATHMANDU: Four people passed away from Covid-19 related complications in the last 24 hours, with which the nationwide death-toll has moved to 481. Two women two and men lost their lives due to this infection, the Health Ministry’s latest update showed. Read Also: 1,351 new cases take Nepal Read More...