Scare of Womanhood – Breast Ironing
Scare called womanhood – Breast Ironing.
25th September is marked as daughter’s day in India. Yet another year filled with dates and days but nothing different. I wrote a similar post last year too – http://beyondjane.com/women/reason-to-celebrate-daughters-day/
I used to write about dowry, girl education and female infanticide in school. And today, a decade after, I am still writing about the same issues in addition to this new found barbarism. As if the already existing norms and atrocities on women weren’t enough, there’s one more ghastly practice prevalent in some regions- Breast ironing or “Repassage des seins”. This practice is mostly prevalent in Cameroon, where mothers try to hinder the growth of their pubescent daughters’ breasts by ironing or massaging them with hot objects, straight out of fire, like knife, grinding stones, rod, coconut shells etc. This technique to delay sexual development is a tradition in Cameroon which is rarely discussed in public.
This is a case where the motive is the welfare of the girl child but is done by mutilating them
Mothers find nothing wrong in this barbaric act. They see this as a medium for their daughters to look less desirable and an escape from the ordeal of early pregnancy that they had suffered.
The depressing state of women is ashamedly common through all centuries. Women emancipation is nothing but a farce.