Surabaya. A 66-year-old midwife in Surabaya has been named a suspect for performing an illegal abortion on a 15-year-old girl, who is also facing charges in the case along with her 16-year-old boyfriend and her mother.
Adimah, from Wonokusomo in the Semampir subdistrict of Surabaya, was apprehended by police after a 15-hour-questioning of the three other suspects, Adj. Sr. Comr. Takdir Mattanete, the head of criminal investigation in the East Java capital, said on Friday night.
Medical specialists have determined that the girl's baby was about six months old when the abortion was carried out, and still alive after the procedure at Adimah's practice. The exact cause of the baby's death was not yet clear.
The girl's mother and the midwife are currently behind bars, while police are keeping an eye on the two teens.
Adimah had been working as a midwife for two decades.
Abortion is illegal in Indonesia unless it is carried out by a medical specialist under strict conditions to save the mother's life or if the pregnancy is the result of rape. Places were abortions can be performed illegally, however, are not hard to find.
The case came to light when the boyfriend and his brother were confronted by resident when they secretly tried to bury the baby at a Surabaya graveyard on Tuesday night.