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Why Indian women wear toe rings (BICHHIYA)? there is a Science Behind this..read n shareMost Indian women who are married wear a toe-ring. It’s not only a sign that the woman is married, it’s also science. Indian Vedas (Vedham or Vedam) say that by wearing this in both feet, it is believed, that their Menstrual cycle course is regularized with even intervals. This gives good scope for conceiving to married women. Also it is said just because that particular nerve in the second finger from toe, also connects the uterus and passes through heart. If you notice, the toe ring will always be on the second toe of the right leg and also the left leg. It will control the uterus and keep it healthy by producing evenly balanced blood pressure to the uterus…As Silver being a good conductor, it also absorbs the energy from the polar energies from the earth and passes it to the body, thus refreshing whole body system.In great Indian epic called ‘Ramayana’ toe ring plays a vital role. When Sita was abducted by Ravana, on the way, she throwed her toe ring (kaniazhi) as the identification for lord Rama. This shows that toe ring is used from ancient time.Toe rings were introduced to the United States by Marjorie Borell who, after returning from India began manufacturing and selling them in New York in 1973. Her first retail outlet was Fiorucci, a trendy fashion retailer located on 59th Street in New York.
Think about it…
Customs that discriminate against women based on their marital status should not be romanticised or rationalised. Such customs should be questioned because they pressurise the unwanted Indian paraya dhan’s parents to raise their girl children as future suhagans/future daughters in law (instead of raising them as self reliant, assertive, confident adults who are capable of deciding if, when and who they must marry, refuse to marry or divorce).
Women’s (or men’s) marital status should be seen as a personal matter and not some kind of auspicious or inauspicious social privilege or shame to be worn or taken off as jewellery or sindoor.
Such pressures make dowry and training in obedience and self sacrifice seem like worthwhile investments in a girl child’s future. [Link]
Sons become more worth having because they are not Paraya Dhan, they are Budhape ka Sahara. And this leads to sex selection and skewed gender ratio. Making special rules for married, unmarried, widowed or divorced women is extremely discriminatory and controlling – there is nothing scientific about it.
Also consider, if it was scientifically proven that silver toe rings/bangles/sindoor/taali do nothing to aid women’s fertility/health, then will we stop asking married women to wear bichiya (etc)?
I doubt it. Because we all know self reliance is good for everybody – but are (most) Indian women allowed to choose self reliance over dependance and arranged marriage?
Also note, the words Suhagan, Sumangali, Saubhagyawati basically translate to a ‘fortunate or auspicious woman’. Nothing wrong with that if not being a Suhagan, Sumangali, Saubhagyawati did not mean being seen as inauspicious.
And if being a suhagan was so important then how is it that nobody thought that letting widows remarry or live normal lives (providing the same support that widowers were provided) would be simpler than forbidding them from wearing coloured clothing and bichiyas? Nobody (despite their scientific thinking) thought that, like widowers, widows might want children, spouse, house, financial security, good clothes, good food and good reproductive health?
And the women in the west who buy the fast selling toe rings – are they all suhagans? Do they know some Indian women are forbidden from wearing bichiyas, coloured clothing and make up and are restricted from attending weddings and religious ceremonies?