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IN Lifestyle ON 27 Sep, 2016
No matter how technologically advanced the nations have become today, there are some bizarre traditions still practiced on women around the world. Women safety is an issue of serious concern especially in undeveloped and developing countries. Some of the customs forced on the women are extremely violent and inhuman.
Check out some of the most horrible rituals practiced on women that'll break you in tears.
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In some places in Mauritania, it is believed that an overweighing wife brings good fortune and prosperity in a marriage. So, the young girls are force-fed a diet of up to 16,000 calories a day to prepare them for their wedding day.
In the Sichuan Province in Southwestern China, the Tujia people practice a strange custom called Zuo Tang. According to the ritual, the brides need to cry every night for a month before their wedding. If the bride-to-be refuses to cry, then she is beaten up by her mother to make her cry as it is very necessary for the wedding ceremony.
Girls of certain backward communities in nations such as Somalia and Egypt face clitoral mutilation for a shocking reason. This act of sealing vagina without using any drugs is performed in an unhygienic condition to preserve the virginity of young girls.
Though kidnapping is considered as illegal in every nation, it is readily practiced by Romani people for the purpose of marriage. If a man kidnaps a woman for 3 to 5 days in Romania, he is allowed to marry her.
Mentawai tribe of Sumatra believes that women with pointed teeth look more attractive and have a better connection between their body and soul. The local shaman sharpens a rude blade and uses it for chiseling the teeth of women. The worst thing is that girls are not provided any drug to numb the pain of chiseling.
In the menses rituals of Uaupes, Brazil, naked women are taken to the streets and are beaten to death or unconsciousness. This cruel ritual is considered as a test for marriage. If the girls still wake up after this inhumane treatment, then they are considered fit for marriage.
In some communities of Paraguay and Brazil, women are tattooed all over their bodies for attracting men. They need to be compulsorily tattooed on their stomachs, breasts, and backs.
In certain communities of Cameroon, Nigeria, and South Africa, it is believed that burning women breasts prevent them from growing which will, in turn, reduce rapes in the nation. This brutal act is undertaken by the parents of young girls. Hot stones, hammers or spatulas are burned over hot coals and pressed against the girl's breast to damaging her breast tissues permanently.
Women belonging to Karen tribe in Thailand need to wear rings around their neck because they consider long neck as a symbol of beauty. Women need to bear the immense pain to get giraffe-like neck as they need to wear the rings for a lifetime. A 5-year-old girl needs to start wearing this ring around her neck and more rings are added with her increasing age.
Tribal women in some areas of China eat their own placenta after giving birth to their baby because the placenta is rich in nutrients. But is it right to practice this ritual forcefully on the women?
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