Publish: 19 Sep 2023, 03:45 pm
High Court issued a ruling today mandating the establishment of designated breastfeeding corners in public spaces, including workplaces, airports, bus terminals, train stations, and shopping centers, as well as within government-managed organizations and both public and private institutions.
This decision was made by the High Court bench, consisting of Justice Zubayer Rahman Chowdhury and Justice Kazi Ebadoth Hossain, and was published on Tuesday, September 19. Notably, this ruling came about through a unique case, as it marked the first instance in Bangladesh's legal history where a writ was filed on behalf of a 9-month-old child.
The petitioner expressed gratitude towards lawyer Ishrat Hasan for bringing this matter of significant public interest before the court, which ultimately led to the court's verdict. In their concluding remarks, the court acknowledged that this 9-month-old child's case was unprecedented and historic.
The verdict emphasizes the sensitivity and importance of breastfeeding, recognizing that infants require breast milk from birth up to 2 years of age. Since many mothers are employed in both public and private sectors, the necessity of establishing breastfeeding facilities within all types of institutions is underscored by this ruling.
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