Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

Set up breast feeding corner at all factories: HC

Published 11:58 pm | February 18, 2020

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Online Desk ; The High Court on Tuesdat ordered to set up breast feeding corner at all industrial unites including garment factories across the country within two months.

Justice M Enayetur and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order on Tuesday while hearing a supplementary writ petition.The HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice M Mostafizur Rahman passed the order.

Labour secretary and Chairman of Department of Labour were directed to submit report within 60 days on implementation of the order, said Advocate Israt Hasan, who filed a petition in this regard on October last.

On October 24 last year, nine-month-old baby Umair Bin Sadi and his mother Advocate Israt Hasan filed the writ seeking a safe atmosphere for breastfeeding.

Following the writ on October 27, The High Court issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain as to why directives should not be given to set up breastfeeding and baby-care corners at workplaces, airports, bus stops, railway stations and shopping malls.

It also wanted to know why the Women and Children Affairs Ministry should not be directed to formulate guidelines to establish breastfeeding corners in public places and private institutions.Israt Hasan said that there is a provision in the Bangladesh Labour Act-2006 for setting up breastfeeding corner in workplaces, but there is no implementation.

The court also asked secretary of Labour and Employment Ministry and chairman of the Department of Labour to submit a compliance report within 60 days.
Earlier on October 27, the High Court issued a rule asking the government to explain in four weeks why it should not be directed to take necessary steps to set up breast feeding and baby care corners at all public places.

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