Dahej Virodhi Sena
DOWRY SYSTEM: SOCIAL EVIL IN INDIA
"Denigration of women has ruined our society".
Today, Indian society is surrounded with many problems such as unemployment, illiteracy, population growth, terrorism, etc. Among these problems, a problem which is deep rooted in Indian society is the problem of dowry system. In modern Indian political discourse the custom of dowry is often represented as the cause of serious social problems, including the neglect of daughters, sex-selective abortion, female infanticide, and the harassment, abuse etc etc. This fact that it is condemned by every modern citizen of this country and yet it still flourishes at a very large scale in our society is a testimony of how deeply rooted this system is in the Indian society. Official statistics show a steady rise in dowry crimes. More than 9,5000 women are killed every year in India over dowry.
The dowry system is so deeply rooted in Indian culture, that sometimes one feels that there's going to be no way out - at least not for another century. Dowry (dahej) is one of the most ancient practices of India.
In the course of time, the voluntary element in dowry has disappeared and the coercive element has crept in. it has taken deep roots not only in the marriage ceremony but also post-marital relationship. What was originally intended to be a taken dakshina for the bridegroom has now gone out of proportions and has assumed compulsory ‘dowry'. The social reformers of the nineteenth and early twentieth century’s have striven hard for the abolition of various social evils including the evil of dowry system.
The dowry system is responsible to a great extent for child marriage and discrimination against girls. If a girl is married at a tender age, a small amount of dowry will work, but if the girl is educated and qualified, she needs an equal amount of dowry to get a bridegroom of the same status.
Though law has provided stringent measures to curb this menace; Unless there is a strong awareness in the minds of the people, unless the entire society believes that dowry is an evil, unless the entire society objects to the demand for dowry, unless every mother-in-law thinks that at one time she too was a daughter-in-law, unless every mother thinks that the treatment which she gives to her daughter-in-law can also be received by her own daughter, the evils of dowry will remain in society. Society and we as a member of the society can do a lot to prevent offences of harassment, dowry death, etc
By taking the following steps:
Start practicing dowry prohibition in your family.
Educate the members of your family with the provisions of law – that demanding and accepting or giving dowry is an offence.
A woman is an important member of family and is entitled to all the rights and privileges a man enjoys.
Educate the members of your family and your neighbors to respect a woman’s rights and privileges.
If in any family there is a growing dispute between the in-laws and the lady, try to intervene to sort out the differences and educate them about the evils of dowry system. If they fail to listen to you, please inform the jurisdictional police and counseling centers.
Women organizations who can provide support in such cases.
Gather like-minded people who are fighting against this evil and gather public sympathy and support to ex-communicate the families where the evil persists.
In case you have any suspicion of ill treatment of a lady in any house, immediately inform the local Police. Ladies in distress, generally avoid showing their resentment to ill-treatment till it reaches a dangerous point leading to their being burnt to death.
Encourage women folk to raise their voice about their rights and to fight against dowry system.
Provide support and shelter to the lady in distress. If you cannot, please contact the our team or THE PROHIBITION ACT, 1961 DOWRY
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