Case filed against Kerala magazine for picture of model breastfeeding child

Childless model breastfeeding on magazine cover sparks debate in India

Mumbai: A Kerala-based advocate has filed a case against Malayalam magazine Grihalakshmi on Friday, a week after the publication featured actress and writer Gilu Joseph breastfeeding a child on the cover of its latest edition. The magazine stated that the issue speaks about the importance of breastfeeding, and the taboos revolving around it. "If the magazine's real intention was to address the taboos relating to breastfeeding it should have used pictures of one of the mothers feeding their babies which it had used in inside pages", he told Mirror. Moncy Joseph, the editor-in-chief of Grihalakshmi told Mirror that actually they had a plan to feature a mother and her baby but there were many practical difficulties in realizing it. "That is why we made a decision to dedicate our latest issue to breastfeeding mothers".

Charges have been filed under Section 3 and 4 of indecent representation of women (Prohibition) act 1986 and the hearing of the same has been fixed for March 1, according to a DNA report. But since she believes that only she has a right over her body, and that only she can decide what she must do with it, she did what was right for her.

For two days, the cover of the very popular Malayalam magazine Grihalakshmi has been the centre of debate on social media. When Indian Express got in touch with an actress for her gutsy move, she said, "It is a problem to interpret this sexually".

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The petition says about the cover: "This could awaken sexual desires of those who see the image and hurt the dignity of women in general". "People would probably have no problems seeing graphic images of people getting killed in newspapers and television, but can not bear to see a woman bond with her child by feeding it", the 27-year-old actress told The Indian Express.

Told about the popularity of the magazine and its cover story that deals with the larger issue faced by lactating mothers, Vinod said he was not against mothers breastfeeding in public.

As for allegations about sexualizing the breast, I just want to say that people can look at it however they want to. In fact, in certain Indian cultures, it is not uncommon for lactating women to step in for each other and feed another women's babies, for it is rather laborious to constantly breastfeed a child. "I have not seen the petition".

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