A father has been reported to the police for forcing his child to smoke cigarettes and photographing it. Muzammil Slamah, 36, put the lit cigarette in his 9 month old son's mouth on Madura Island, to the west of Indonesia and got his wife to take a picture and post it online. Slamah thought it would be a funny prank but the photo was spotted by eagle-eyed police offices who are now investigating whether its a illegal action. It's not clear if this is the first time Muzammil has done something like this, or if the child actually smoked the cigarette or if it was purely placed between his lips for the photo. A Bangkalan Police spokesman Bidarudin said: "We have secured the father for putting the cigarette in the infant’s mouth, even if the baby is his own child. The child had the lit cigarette in his mouth. The culprit sat the child up, and he also held the child up by the arms because he was worried that (the baby) would get burned by cigarette ash."
Police know the photo was taken by the child's mother but have no plans to arrest her, though the father remains in police custody. Local news outlets have explained that there was no precise charge in Indonesian law of encouraging children to smoke but the father could face up to six months in jail under the Child Protection Act. A two year old boy shot to fame in Indonesia back in 2010 for his chain smoking habit, puffing 40 cigarettes a day while riding his tricycle. The toddler drank three cans of condensed milk a day and guzzled down fatty foods while maintaining his tobacco habit. Aldi's shocking smoking addiction led to the Indonesian government launching a campaign to tackle the problem of childhood smoking, and though Aldi has quit now the level of under-18s smoking in Indonesia recently shot up to 8%.
Aldi Rizal reykti 40 sígarettur á dag þegar hann var aðeins tveggja ára gamall. Ég hugsa um hann oft á dag. Stundum allan daginn. pic.twitter.com/0OBqQwJ4BW— Arnar Pétursson (@arnarpeters) February 22, 2018
Aldi's family took him to a nutritionist after huge press interest in the boy's condition, and a full medical check up was done, forcing his family to put him on a strict diet. He weighed 24 kilograms at just five years old - almost six kilograms above the recommended weight for a child his age. After four years eating fresh fruit and vegetables, Aldi has managed to lose most of the weight and is now working on finishing grade four.