Kerala police on November 4 arrested the father of a newborn child after he denied the mother of the baby from breastfeeding the child milk for nearly 24 hours.
Father of the child Aboobacker. Deccan Chronicles
The father, identified as Aboobacker, had denied his wife Hafasath from feeding the child as he lives by the principles of Koya Thangal, a religious Muslim leader, who in his preaching had advised that a baby should not be fed until five prayers had been called after its birth.
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Mother of the child, Hafasath is 24-year-old and belongs to Omassery, Kerala. She had defied doctor’s requests to breastfeed the child as her husband had forbidden her to do so for religious reasons.
This was couple’s second child and the father claims that they had done same after the birth of their first child as well. He said he had prevented his wife from his breastfeeding their first child and that nothing had happened.
“I had not allowed my wife to breastfeed our first child also for 24 hours. That hospital made me give an undertaking that I would be responsible if my child died. Nothing happened to my child. The preacher had told us to give the infant honey and some water from Mecca.”
The hospital authorities meanwhile claim that they pleaded with the parents and even threatened him, but to no avail and were forced to approach the police.
The family eventually left the hospital after Aboobacker forcefully sought discharge from the hospital.