An unmarried, 19-year-old mother is on trial after tying up her four-day-old baby with electrical cords and throwing it into a Zhejiang river, where the infant drowned. The woman worked as a migrant in a foot-bath store in the province, and did not know the baby’s father.
Xinhua describes the young mother as having visited the hospital in July 2013 because of stomach pains. At that time she discovered her pregnancy and, according to the news agency, “She didn’t want anyone to know she was giving birth, even more, she didn’t have any means to raise the child. From that sprung her idea to kill the child.”
The woman is currently on trial in Jiaxing, Zhejiang. As cruel as this sounds, the killing and abandoning of unwanted babies is not uncommon throughout China. Half of the migrant female population is under 25-years-old, unmarried, and woefully uninformed about sex education. There are many factors against young female workers, including embarrassment about using contraceptives, misinformation about family planning, poor distribution center access, and aversion to contraceptives by male partners, according to the World Health Organization.
By Sophia Solivio