If many of you are like me, you’ve probably never heard of mulakkaram. The Breast Tax was a tax imposed on the lower caste and untouchable Hindu women by the Kingdom of Tranvancore if they wanted to cover their breasts in public, until 1924. The lower caste and untouchable women were expected to pay the government a tax on their breasts, as soon as they started developing breasts.
I thought I had heard of crazy taxes before but this one is ridiculous. It’s as bad as that African Reed Dance.
The Kingdom of Travancore, also known as the Kingdom of Thiruvithamkoor, was an Indian kingdom from c. 1729 until 1949. It was ruled by the Travancore Royal Family from Padmanabhapuram, and later Thiruvananthapuram. It found in 1720 and was dissolved in 1948
This is a true old folklore that many of 21th century haven’t heard. It is one of the first feminist acts in India started by a strong powerful women called Nageli who was born in a low caste of – Ezhavas-toddy tappers (who laboured in that awkward gap of society fashions ) and she went create history that will forever be remembered in history of feminism in India.
It took place in the early 19th century at a princely state called Travanacore in a simple village called Cherthala in heart of Kerala.
A breast tax (mulakkaram) was imposed by the Bramin king on lower caste Hindu women. The women were forced to pay the taxes if they wished to cover their breasts in public with a shawl(long piece of scarf).The tax varied from women to women as it was assessed on proportion to the size and shape of their breasts. The…
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