India outrage as mall shames woman for breastfeeding

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There has been outrage in India after the management of a shopping centre in the eastern city of Kolkata told a mum wanting to breastfeed her baby not to do such “home chores” in the centre.

The comments were made on Facebook after the woman wrote a post on South City Mall’s page complaining that there was no designated feeding area.

The response angered many who said it amounted to shaming the new mother.

Women breastfeeding in public is a common sight in India.

South City Mall has since blamed a social media agency for the “rude” post.

Abhilasha Arup DasAdhikari first shared her experience on Tuesday. She wrote on the Facebook page of the South City Mall that there was no place to breastfeed and that the staff at the mall had suggested that she feed her baby in the toilet. She described the idea as “disgusting” and gave the mall a poor rating.

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The manager of the page responded by saying that breastfeeding was not allowed in shops and that Ms DasAdhikari should have planned her day better as her baby did not need to be breastfed “at any moment”

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