Men could avert the tragedy of newborns being dumped
Men are calling for a law to force men who impregnate women to take responsibility for the child, regardless of whether they wish to stay in a relationship or not.
This was the general reaction from men the Weekend Observer spoke with following the Police confirmation that a young woman has been charged with infanticide over a dead baby found at Vaitele-fou.
The body of the child was dragged into a family’s property by a dog.
Asked for his thoughts, Fa’afou Pulalasi, of Sale’imoa likened the issue of newborn babies being dumped to a festering disease.
“I am not too ignorant not to notice that there are many cases like this and often the woman is blamed while the man walks free,” he said.
Mr. Pulalasi, however, pointed out that it takes two people to create a baby.
“This is why both the man and woman should be made responsible,” he says.
“They both consented to do what comes before the creation of a child and this is why it is important that a law should be in place to ensure that men take responsibility.”
He expressed disappointment that the life of an innocent child has been wasted because of people who don't take responsibility for their action.
“Only a man who has no real love in his heart could create so much trouble that caused this woman to abandon that innocent child,” he says.
“I am a father of four children and I truly believe that this is my duty to care and somehow support my children. I think that all men should think and behave this way.”
Another father, who did not want to give his name for personal reasons, said if the woman is blamed for abandoning the child, the father should also be held accountable.
He says this is why it’s a must for parents and community leaders to go back to the basics of making sure couples get married first before they have babies.
“This would not happen if they were married unless of course the husband was not the father of the child.”
The man said he felt for the woman and what she went through. The father, he said, must be equally feeling guilty.
“Yet they had no fear when they did what they did to create that child,” he said. “If they took a second to think about their actions, that child would not have been killed.”
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