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British girls as young as 10 face harm from breast ironing with stones heated on hot coals in ritual imported from west Africa

Around 1,000 British girls face harm from the ‘abhorrent’ practice of breast ironing, ministers have warned.

In the brutal procedure, hot objects [stones, a hammer or a spatula] are used to pound and beat girls’ breasts to stop them growing in the belief it makes them less desirable and discourages premarital pregnancy.

Breast ironing originated in Cameroon, where it affects as many as one in four.

It also takes place in Nigeria, Benin and Chad. This week Jake Berry, the Conservative MP for Rossendale & Darwen, said he was shocked to learn girls in west African communities in Birmingham and London were victims too.

The process uses stones, a hammer or a spatula heated over hot coals to mutilate the breast tissue and make the girls look less 'womanly' - around 1,000 British girls face harm from the practice, it has been revealed

It is very difficult to spot as most of the perpetrators were the victims’ own mothers.

Mr Berry used freedom of information requests to show how little is known about the practice among child protection professions and the police.

A quarter of children’s services department had not been trained to look for signs, while one in seven police forces had never heard of it.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3510492/British-girls-young-10-face-harm-breast-ironing-stones-heated-hot-coals-ritual-imported-west-Africa.html#ixzz44HoXQg00

Professionals ‘Still Concerned About Tackling Honour-Based Violence’

Professionals are still concerned about tackling so-called honour-based violence because of “cultural sensitivities”, a Home Office Minister has admitted.

Karen Bradley said “certain professionals” still do not have the confidence to question harmful child abuse happening in the UK.

Professionals 'still concerned about tackling honour-based violence'

She raised the concerns during a House of Commons debate on breast ironing, a practice which originated in Cameroon but is now believed to have affected up to 1,000 girls in Britain.

Breast ironing uses hot objects heated on a stove to pound and massage girls’ breasts during puberty to retard their growth, in the belief it will make the girls less sexually attractive.

Questioned on the role of schools in tackling harmful practices such as female genital mutilation and breast ironing, the Minister (pictured) said: “I know there are certain professionals who may feel reticent about this.

 

Read More: http://www.careappointments.co.uk/care-news/england/item/39318-professionals-still-concerned-about-tackling-honour-based-violence

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