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Inspirational or Not: UP SDM Working with 3-week-old Baby in Arms Has Twitter Divided

Video grab of UP sub-divisional magistrate. 
(Credit: Twitter/ @@razashoaib87)

Video grab of UP sub-divisional magistrate. (Credit: Twitter/ @@razashoaib87)

The clip shows the SDM of Modi Nagar, Soumya Pandey, checking some papers before signing on them. During this, she is seen carrying her infant in one hand. The baby is resting quietly in her arms.

A video of a woman sub-divisional magistrate in Uttar Pradesh is doing rounds on social media in which she can be seen discharging her duties in office, holding her three-week-old daughter in her arms.

The clip shows the SDM of Modi Nagar, Soumya Pandey, checking some papers before signing on them. During this, she is seen carrying her infant in one hand. The baby is resting quietly in her arms.

Sharing the post on Twitter, a user informed that the SDM joined the duty three weeks after giving birth to her daughter. Quoting Soumya, he said that she does not have any difficulty in maintaining a balance between her two roles, one of a mother and other of the SDM.

The video has got an overwhelming response on social media. It has garnered more than 46K views and over 2K likes. Netizens have also commented on the post.

Responding to the clip, one Twitterati said he salutes her dedication.

Another person said that he has huge respect for the SDM.

Many users, however, raised concern over the safety of the infant amid COVID-19 situation.

One person wrote that she should have taken rest, while the other said that maternity leave exists for a reason.

A netizen said that this should not be appreciated, adding that after the delivery, a mother and child both need rest and care. He also asserted that this would set a wrong example for junior employees.

Here are some more reactions.

Last month, a photo of an American lawmaker holding her infant daughter in her hands sparked a debate on paid maternity leaves on social media.

She went to the California State Senate to debate and vote State Bill 1120, which focused on the state’s housing crisis.

She had requested for remote voting, but her request was not accepted as she wasn’t considered at high risk.


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