10 Most Horrific Rituals Forced On Women Around The World

Which is the most brutal of all of these traditional customs? Are they outdated? How many should be considered torture? As we said, gender equality continues to track in the right direction in many parts of the world, and even though, even in most of those places, there is still some way to go, a lot of signs are promising ones. But what should be done about the practices on this list? What can be done about them?

Force Feeding


There are parts of the small west African nation known as the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, where an overweight wife is considered a good luck charm for a prosperous and fortuitous future. And so many women are forced to eat extremely high caloric and dangerous diets in order to put on a lot of weight.

Kidnapping For Marriage


Of course, kidnapping anyone in any country is illegal, however, we know people do it for th purposes of forced prostitution and marriage anyway. One such place is said to be parts of Romania, where if a man kidnaps and forces a women to be his wife, the community will just accept it.

Eating The Placenta


We know that some women in the Western world make (the seemingly odd and rare) decision to eat some of the placenta after having given birth. While that might sound a little strange, there are some small parts of China where women are forced to eat the placenta because of the nutrients contained within, apparently giving the child the best possible chance at a healthy future.

Genital Mutilation


Genital mutilation, or female circumcision, is perhaps the most infamous of all the brutality on this list. Perhaps that’s because of how straight-up horrific it sounds.

In some parts of Africa and the Middle East, the truly shocking ceremony is performed which basically seals the vagina as a sign of the girl’s virginity when she is eventually married. It is often done in unhygienic conditions and no sedatives are used.

In a word; brutal.

Crying Before The Wedding


The Tujia people of the Sichuan province of China, practice a very strange custom indeed that’s called Zuo Tang. The ritual stipulates that women must cry every night for a month in the lead-up to their wedding.

Should the woman fail to cry, her mother is then required to beat her until she cries anyway.


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