During the 1990's some states of India were affected by an inhuman practice against women. Women’s were not allowed to c...
During the 1990's some states of India were affected by an inhuman practice against women. Women’s were not allowed to cover their upper body portion in the state of Malayalam, Travancore. Bare chest for both men and women was considered a sign of respect for high status people in Travancore. Only high status women who belong to Brahmin, Nair, Kshatriya and Namboodiri were allowed to cover their breasts.
This continued till 19th century.
Once a queen saw a woman in the palace in the covered breasts, she ordered her slaves to cut off her breasts.
There was a Breast tax on women. If dalit women’s want to cover their breast, they had to pay the tax.
She fought against the breast tax which is also called as Mulakkaram.
She was forced to pay for the due taxes but she refused and cut off her breast and placed them in a lower growing plant, plantain leaf on the floor.
Nangeli died due to heavy blood loss. His husband also supported the decision of not paying the tax and bared breasts and jumped into her funeral pyre.
Now the place is known as Mulachipa Rambu. In Malayalam it means “the land of woman’s breasts.”
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