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June 22, 2018, 3:27 AM IST India India
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In March this year, a Malayalam magazine sparked a nationwide debate after it showed model Gilu Joseph breastfeeding a baby on the cover of the magazine. The idea was to normalise the act of breastfeeding. The headline on the cover said - Mothers tell Kerala, 'please don't stare, we need to breastfeed'. But it led to a massive outcry on social media. Several cases were filed calling the cover obscene and derogatory and even alleging that the image amounted to a sexual offence against the infant. Today, the Kerala High Court stepped in to put all criticism to rest as it refused to categorise the magazine cover as obscene. The court observed that just like beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, so does obscenity, and that one man's vulgarity is another man's lyric. So tonight, we ask, what's so obscene about breastfeeding?