BREAST IRONING

Breast ironing is a breast flattening procedure involving the pounding and massaging of a young female’s breasts starting from the pubescent age.  A hard, heated object is used to try and stop the development of breast tissue or to make it disappear altogether.

This dangerous procedure is commonly carried out by the mother; it is a maternal belief, as a cultural and traditional method of preventing and protecting a daughter from sexual harassment, rape and early pregnancy; these would bring shame upon the family name and prevent the girl from pursuing education which would mean her being forcefully pushed into early marriage.

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