Yosana – a girl with a stamp on her forehead

Yosana had never been out of her village before. But immediately after her marriage, she moved to London, as favoured by the circumstances. One day Alok; her husband got her a beautiful one piece red dress to wear for an office party the next day.

She put on that pretty red dress matched with a pair of black heels. When she walked down the party hall, all eyes were glued to her. She was the cynosure of the gathering. No doubt, she was looking stunning, but here the looks were deceiving and conveyed something else.

She excused herself and rushed towards the rest room. Raised her eyes to check her mirror image. Yes, there she was, with a big round ‘bindi’ on her forehead. Realisation dawned on her. The bindi doesn’t go at all with her attire, that’s why she was the centre of attraction. But she can’t help it. This is her identity and she has to live whole life along with it!


NoteThere’s a village where girls are tattooed with a black mark(form of bindi) on their foreheads, as a symbol of their being girls. Not only this, a black mark is carved on one of the fingers of the right hand, as it adds flavour to the food prepared by them. After all, their basic duty is to cook food and serve their counterparts! Isn’t it pathetic to mark a girl with a stamp to remind her time and again, her position and the so-called her womanly duties in the society?



  1. I have seen many tribal and village women with tattoos on their face, hands and feet. However, I had never thought of this from their point of view – that these tattoos are like branding. Glad you wrote about it and threw light on the subject, Rashmi.

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  2. A small dot cannot change who you really are. But these people are made to believe otherwise right from their birth. Its about time someone change that.


    1. Yes, a dot cannot change a person who you are. But, it’s definitely needed to change the mindset of that bigger community and it can be done collaboratively.


  3. I have seen tattoos on women, from tribes in Orissa and in Rajasthan as well. However, I was not aware of the meaning behind it. Yes, a tattoo as mark of ownership and sign of the work she has to do is horrible.

    But then, are the mangal sutra, sindoor, toe ring etc. any different? For that matter of fact, what about changing the surname after marriage. It is high time women protest these patriarchal customs.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your views Seema. At least, one can unload oneself from all those jewellery (that symbolises you as a married woman) as per one’s wish, but when I came to know about this tattooing thing and mainly the motive behind that, it was heart-wrenching. But yes, of course, it’s high time to raise our voice.

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      1. Yes, Rashmi one can never remove a tattoo. That way its worse than the jewelry.

        Changing your surname is much the same like a tattoo. Once it changes, a part of your identity is being obliterated. And why is that necessary.

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  5. Yes, I have seen people with tattooed symbols on their forehead and limbs. Was unaware of getting a tattoo on the finger to enhance the taste of food though. A good story.

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    1. Thanks Mayuri for the read. It’s strange and painful, yet it exists. Even I was unaware until had a discussion with a lady from the tribe.


    1. It’s a true story Priyanka and we all live in the same society. I think it’s high time to shake ourselves and bring the much needed change. Isn’t it?
      Thanks for the read.


    1. Agree Nupur, it’s quite dishonorable. But, again the responsibility is in our hands. Let’s join hands to eradicate such evils from our society.


  6. In tribal areas, I know tattoos are common but I never knew such area where Bindi or do on a hand is stamped just to define their identity and duties. Seriously? How sad.

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    1. It’s not the fight against men. It’s the fight for equality, to put an end to the injustice made to the women still in this era. We together, men and women, have to understand this and pay due respect to each other, without harming anyone’s identity.


  7. Have seen women of different tribes having tattoos on their faces and hands.. but just thought it would have been some kind of a tradition.. this is a totally different perspective to it… Thanks for sharing

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