New Delhi, May 25: The iconic Taj Mahal has become the first Indian monument and only the third UNESCO site to reserve a room for breastfeeding women.
According to the Archeological Survey of India (ASI), this is the first time it is providing such a facility at any of the over 3,600 monuments under its watch across the country.
The idea is brainchild of ASI official Vasant Kumar Swarnkar.
According to Swarnkar, he came up with the idea when he spotted a mother hiding under a staircase and struggling to breastfeed her baby with her husband providing extra cover.
“I could see it was so difficult for her (to feed her child) which is a basic motherhood right. So I thought we have to do something,” he was quoted as saying by Reuters.
There have been a host of instances around the world where women have been asked to exit the premises or even use the washroom for breastfeeding in public.
However, initiatives like the one in the Taj Mahal, are seeking to actively remove the taboo and stigma related to breastfeeding.
The ASI also plans to introduce breastfeeding rooms in other monuments including the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.
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