Assam legislator demands breastfeeding room in Assembly
Guwahati: In a queer but valid demand, a Bharatiya Janata Party legislator has asked for a separate room in the state assembly to breast-feed her one-month old baby huttle between the Assembly during the session.
Assam legislator Angoorlata Deka, who is a famous Assamese actor and theatre artiste, has written to assembly Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami and Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal in this regard saying it has been cumbersome for her to go to her residence every time she has to feed her baby.
Citing the example of Tanzanian parliament where legislators are provided with mother-and-baby room within the Assembly building, Assamese film star turned MLA said she hopes his suggestions will be considered for a hygienic baby feeding room.
She had given birth to a baby girl namely Namami on August 3.
"I am not asking for a new law as they have in Australia, but I am sure we can have a special room as in the Tanzanian parliament," first time MLA, Deka said.
Deka said that owing to shunting between the Assembly and her Residence, she misses several serous discussions. "Every hour or so, I have to leave the Assembly and rush home to feed Namami . In the process, I miss a lot of debates and discussions," said Angoorlata.