Court convicts woman for denying breast milk to infant
Kozhikode: Thamarassery judicial first class court here convicted a woman for denying breast milk to her infant. Omassery native Hafsath was punished by the court after she refused to feed milk to her child on the advise of Hydrose Thangal, a spiritual practitioner called Siddhan. The court imposed a fine of Rs 1000 and asked her to stand outside the court chamber until the court dispersed for the day.
The woman was sentenced as per Sections 75 and 78 under Juvenile Justice Act. At the same time, the court acquitted the other accused in the case, Kalanthode native Hydrose Thangal and the woman’s husband Omassery native Aboobacker (31).
The incident which led to the case took place on November 2, 2016. The mother refused to give breast milk to the baby as the Siddhan advised her to never breastfeed the child before five Azaans (prayers from the mosque).
Mukkom police registered a case against the woman and her husband as per the complaint of a nurse. Child Protection Force also directed the police to book a case against the couple.
Aboobacker, the woman’s husband, restricted his wife from breastfeeding the newborn child born at around 2 pm on November 2. He directed his wife that she should breastfeed the child only after 12.20 pm the next day. As his wife also took a firm stand as directed by her husband, the nurse informed the police.
District collector and Child Rights Commission also intervened in the issue which posed a threat to the child’s life.
Shamila, a nurse at Mukkom EMS cooperative hospital, filed a complaint with police on the matter. Later, police arrested the woman’s husband and the spiritual practitioner.
In his statement to police, Aboobacker told that his first child was also breastfed after 5 Azaans from the mosque.
The court pronounced the verdict in the case after 4 years from registering the case. Assistant public prosecutor Ranjin Baby appeared before the court for trial in the case.