HONG KONG — Around 100 breastfeeding moms slipped on a Hong Kong train station this weekend feeding their babies in unison to protest discrimination against breastfeeding in public.
The flash mob, organised by the breastfeeding care group MamaMilk Baby Alliance, occurred on Saturday at Tai Wai station.
The group says breastfeeding moms were being discriminated against in Hong Kong for feeding their babies in public, and are calling on the government to introduce legislation to combat the intolerance.
A spokesperson for the group told the South China Morning Post that women in shopping malls, for example, are often asked to feed their babies in toilets. She added that most malls in Hong Kong do not have any dedicated breastfeeding facilities.
This was the fourth year the group have organized such an event to raise awareness of the importance of breastfeeding.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that children are exclusively breastfed for the first six months of their lives.
Only 2.3 percent of Hong Kong babies are breastfed exclusively until this stage, according to UNICEF’s Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, but the breastfeeding rate is increasing.
Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days
KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.
Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.
Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.
Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.
According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.Follow @gorkhapost