<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Kerala Police has arrested the father of a newborn for refusing to breastfeed the child for more than a day after birth. The priest who advised the parents to do this has also been reported ANI.A case was registered against parents of the newborn, who was born in EMS hospital in Mukkom in Kerala, The Times of India reported. The police had filed a case against the mother, Afsath and the father, Aboobacker for not providing the child’s basic rights. Aboobacker had stopped his wife from breastfeeding his child saying that a preacher had told him not to feed the baby until the fifth Azan call after the child’s birth. The hospital then made a police complaint. The police has filed a complaint against the parents under sections 75 (whoever, having the actual charge of, or control over, a child, assaults, abandons, abuses, exposes or wilfully neglects the child or causes mental or physical suffering) and section 87 (abetting any offence) of the Juvenile Justice Act. The Ithihadu Subbanil Mujahideen (ISM), youth wing of the Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen (Makazu Dawa), will protest against the spiritual leader who doled out the advice to deny breast milk to the baby. ISM’s state president Jabir Amani said,”We have planned a meeting as mark of protest against all superstitions.”

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Kerala: Father, priest arrested for denying breast milk to newborn for 24 hours