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IN Lifestyle ON 27 Mar, 2016
After suffering from innumerable tortures and inhumane behaviour, widows of Vrindavan, India played Holi after breaking a 400-year-old tradition that kept them away from celebrating festivals. Chinese women no longer have to follow the horrible foot-binding tradition. But still some cruel traditions are still going on in the world, and surprisingly in the most educated nations and nothing has been done yet to stop them.
One such heartbreaking case is of BREAST IRONING going on in the UK, a tradition of beating young girls' breasts with the hot iron and stones every day for months, just to avoid the male attention and premarital pregnancy. This is being done to 10-year-old girls and the British government is yet to take a strong action against it.
And most of them are just 10-year-olds!
Hot objects (generally stones or iron spatulas) are warmed on hot coal and then the girls' breasts are beaten with that.
Where one in four girls is made to go through female circumcision. The belief is to make them appear less desirable and thus to avoid premarital pregnancy.
In most cases, the mothers themselves beat their girls for breast ironing. In some cases, the breast tissues are damaged permanently and the breast growth is stopped forever.
He worriedly said, "There is a dangerous lack of knowledge out there. The government should act and issue guidance to all local authorities and other public sector bodies about the warning signs that could uncover this practice."
This inhumane sick tradition may lead to potential health problems including cancer, infection and cysts in the victims.
The Tory MP has requested the government to recognise breast ironing as female genital mutilation (FGM).
Jake Berry expressed his worry on the child abuse occurring in the UK, "But just as in the case of FGM these words are a thinly veiled excuse for a ritualised form of child abuse."
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