Harmful Traditional Practices: Meaning, Examples And Consequences

Social Studies
Table of Contents

  • Meaning Of Harmful Traditional Practices
  • Examples Of Harmful Traditional Practices
  • Consequences Of Harmful Traditional Practices
  • Ways Of Preventing Harmful Traditional Practices

Harmful Traditional Practices
Harmful traditional practices are those practices which may be approved by customs or tradition of the people but which cause suffering and pain to the recipients of such actions.
Harmful traditional practices are engagement that brings physical, mental, social and health dangers and damages to people. These practices are debating to human being and in the sense of it are backward in nature.
Examples Of Harmful Traditional Practices
1. Female Circumcision
This is the circumcision exercise carried out on female child. It was practice in Nigeria before the discovery of it dangerous effect on the girl. The practice was based on the misconception of the girl child being sexually controllable. Due to unhygenic condition of the practice on many occasions led to excessive bleeding and many times death.
2. Early Marriage
This early marriage has a lot disruptive and negative influence on the inmature child. Some will stop going to school and take up the responsibility of a house wife.
3. Osu Caste System
Osu caste system (The untouchables) is an old practice which has persisted in Igboland. This is discrimination on certain categories of people who has entered into the social group knowingly.
4. Gender Discrimination
This are backward practice against the female folk in our midsts. These include; punishing women at the death of their husband, taking property and not giving share or inheritance to women whose household could not provide a surviving son.
5. Use Of Children For Begging
It is a common scene on our streets, churches etc. A period they are suppose to be in schools, they are using it begging.
6. Child Agric Labour
This involves depriving children the opportunity for receiving good education and forcing them to work on farmland and over-stressing them.
7. Killing Of Twins
It was considered an abomination for a woman to born twins. People believe that twins is a sign of evil omen that would cause disaster to the family.
8. Cultural Marks
These are identification or decorative marks made in the face or body of individuals or group in a cultural setting. It is harmful because of the object used and blood lost in the cutting.
Consequences Of Harmful Traditional Practices
1. Problem Of Child Birth
There is high morality rate for girls who marry early. Some of those young girls die at child birth.
2. Exploitation Of Children
The buying, selling, stealing or any force on the child with the purpose of making money. E.g hawking or begging for money and even prostitution amount to exploitation of the child who is supposed to be in school.
3. Depletion Of Education
The child is out of school when his mate are in school receiving teaching, thereby denying his or her right of education and knowledge skills.
4. Social Stigma On The Victim
Discrimination against persons based on gender is a social evil and unprogressive.
5. Issue Of Vesico Vaginal Fistula (V.V.F)
This is a health condition which the girl passes urine uncontrollable. This makes the victim to always smell, no matter how much effort is made to be neat.
Ways Of Preventing Harmful Traditional Practices In Nigeria
1. Public Enlightenment
People should be rightly informed about their rights and dangers of some traditional practice.
2. Provision Of Education
Everybody have right to formal education, at least basic education should be made free and compulsory in Nigeria. Women should also be made to go to school for self development.
3. Legislation
The National Assembly and the State House of Assembly should enact appropriate laws against harmful traditional practices. This evil should be made to face law.
4. Advocacy Visits
When leader like the emir and other who are main custodian of culture and tradition are convince on the dangerous implications of harmful traditional practices.

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