How an Iodine-Soaked Bindi is Saving Women’s Lives Across India

The “life-saving dot” is part cultural adornment, part innovative medical tech, and a wholly unique way to make a difference.

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The bindi, South-East Asia’s immediately-recognizable forehead adornment, has been many things over the course of its history: Religious signifier, meditative aid, and lately, part of the ongoing conversation about cultural appropriation. For scores of women across India, however, the bindi has becomes something else entirely: A life saver, providing much-needed relief to rural communities in which a dangerous vitamin deficiency has been linked to everything from pregnancy complications to breast cancer.

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