A Need to Heal the Unspoken Betrayals between Mothers and Daughters

Rita Banerji
Posted June 8, 2012 from India

Of the many things discussed about mother-daughter relationships, I find there is one that is almost taboo. And I broach this taboo subject in this article, particularly in context of Asian cultures where I think it happens more. It involves a certain betrayal of daughters by their mothers, in the cultural or societal value system that women subscribe to, and the choices they make, for themselves and their daughters. These value systems and choices deeply undermine women in general, and make them vulnerable and weak.


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Pushpa Achanta
Jul 19, 2012
Jul 19, 2012

Dear Rina,

Thanks for this candid and powerful piece. Unfortunately, many moms betray their girls whether it's gendericide, domestic violence, sexual abuse or harassment. Mothers thus seem to prefer hurting themselves and their daughters to uphold perceived family honour and stability. Lack of self-esteem, socio-cultural conditioning and diffidence are among the reasons for this.

Let us continue doing our utmost to alleviate this situation.

Warmth and love, Pushpa