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US woman compelled to dump 14.8 liters of breast milk at Heathrow

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LONDON —A US mother-of-two, who was compelled to dump 14.8 liters of breast milk at security at London’s Heathrow Airport, has spoken about her humiliation and the ‘incredibly unfair’ security rules.

In an open letter posted on Facebook, Jessica Coakley Martinez, who was travelling without her eight-month-old child, said she felt ‘embarrassed’.

“You made me dump out nearly two weeks’ worth of food for my son,” she said.

Heathrow says the UK government’s rules on carrying liquids on planes are set out for passengers on its website.

The rules, set out by the Department for Transport, say that liquids may only be carried in containers holding 100ml or less in a transparent and re-sealable single bag.

The website says exceptions are made in the case of baby food or baby milk but only if the passenger is traveling with a baby. It says excess liquids should be carried as hold luggage.

Martinez wrote that, although she should have looked up the rules, the regulation that breast milk was not allowed if the mother was travelling without her baby was “incredibly unfair and exclusionary in consideration of all of the other working mothers like me”.

“Being a working mother and ensuring both my job and my child get exactly what they need is the hardest thing I’ve ever done but you managed to make it nearly impossible in a single afternoon,” she was quoted as saying by the BBC.

She wrote: “If I acted irate, it’s because it was the only appropriate reaction I could muster.” I now don’t have the option to solely breastfeed my son because I don’t have enough milk to supply him while I’m at work, despite all of my best efforts.

 

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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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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.

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