Kerala: Man stops wife from feeding baby

Abubacker has reportedly said that the newborn must be breastfed only after five prayer calls from the mosque — a span of 24 hours.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published:November 4, 2016 2:59 am

A Muslim youth from Kerala prevented his wife from breastfeeding their newborn baby for a day, citing a preacher’s instruction. The incident was reported from Mukkom in Kozhikode district. Abubacker has reportedly said that the newborn must be breastfed only after five prayer calls from the mosque — a span of 24 hours.

The hospital staff came to know about Abubacker’s order only after his wife Hafsath refused to breastfeed the newborn.

Hafsath gave birth to their second child at the private hospital on Wednesday noon. When she was asked to feed the baby, she refused, citing Abubacker’s instructions.

Abubacker told the hospital staff that a Muslim preacher had advised him that the newborn should be breastfed only after five prayer calls from the mosque. He did not relent even after police came to the hospital, and furnished an affidavit that he would take responsibility if anything happened to the newborn.

District collector N Prasanth said action would be taken against the father and the preacher.