Saudi-returnee woman abandons her baby at HSIA

Staff Correspondent

3 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

A woman, who returned from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, left her 8-month-old daughter at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Friday morning.

Additional superintendent (ops and media), of Armed Police Battalion (APBn) Alamgir Hossain Shimul said the Saudi returnee abandoned her child and left the airport around 8:00am.

He said when APBn members found the child crying near belt-5 inside the airport in the morning, they fed the child with food from their canteen and calmed her down.

They also found a co-passenger of the child’s mother, Asma, who told them that the mother of the child married a man after going to the gulf state and had the child.

According to Asma, the child’s mother and her husband separated after a few days of their marriage. She came to Bangladesh around 2:00am in a flight of Saudi Airlines.  The mother thought her family in Bangladesh will not accept the child, Asma said quoted the woman.

APBn members are trying to identify the woman from CCTV footages and searching her whereabouts, the ASP said adding that if the child cannot be returned to her mother, they will take help of the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment or NGOs to rehabilitate the child.