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Set up breast feeding corner at all factories: HC

Published : Tuesday, 18 February, 2020 at 2:27 PM  Count : 198

Set up breast feeding corner at all factories: HC

Set up breast feeding corner at all factories: HC

The High Court ordered to set up breast feeding corner at all industrial units including garment factories across the country within two months.

Justice M Enayetur and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order on Tuesday while hearing a supplementary writ petition.

The court also asked secretary of Labour and Employment Ministry and chairman of the Department of Labour to submit a compliance report within 60 days. 

Advocate Ishrat Hasan stood on behalf of the petitioner in the court.

On October 24, 2019, Advocate Israt Hasan, a mother of nine-month-old baby Umair Bin Sadi, filed the writ seeking a safe atmosphere for breastfeeding.

Following the writ, the High Court on October 27, last year,  issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain as to why directives should not be given to set up breastfeeding and baby-care corners at workplaces, airports, bus stops, railway stations and shopping malls.

It also wanted to know why the Women and Children Affairs Ministry should not be directed to formulate guidelines to establish breastfeeding corners in public places and private institutions.

UNB adds: Israt Hasan said that there is a provision in the Bangladesh Labour Act-2006 for setting up breastfeeding corner in workplaces, but there is no implementation.

According to section 94 (Rooms for Children) (7), of The Bangladesh Labour Act-2006,  rooms shall be adequately furnished and in particular, 1 (one) cot or cradle with bed shall be kept therefore each child, and there shall be at least one chair or similar seat for the use of each mother while she is feeding or attending to her child and adequate and suitable toys shall be supplied for the comparatively older children.

She also said mothers often face embarrassing situation to breastfeed their children at public places. So breastfeeding corners need to be set up in such places so that they do not feel discomfort to breastfeed their children.


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