Our Indian society is a platform to many evil demons and DOWRY is one of them. It is not just a mere exchange of gifts , goods or property from the bride’s family to the groom’s but its much more than that. When we look back to the history of dowry , the son had a share in parent’s property so as that time the daughter was not entitled with the share in the property through dowry her parent’s wanted to buy a good husband for the daughter. The main aim of dowry was the gain a good and a healthy life for the daughter. But when we look at the present times , the concept of dowry has taken an ugly turn.
Dowry is one of the biggest problems in our society today , Almost every family has at least one female member. As a result, every family must suffer at some point. A female from India is not like a girl from the West. She is not entitled to choose her husband. His union is serious business. Boys are bought and sold on the marriage market. The bigger the price, the better the boy.
The bride’s family may face significant financial hardship as a result of the dowry system. The dowry system has been linked to a variety of crimes against women, ranging from mental abuse to physical harm and even death. Dowry payment has long been outlawed under Indian regulations, including the Dowry Prohibition Act 1961 and, more recently, Sections 304B and 498A of the Indian Penal Code.
It has been observed that a married women can be tied to the crime of dowry as she is not economically and socially independent. Dowry is sometimes used as a threat or a hostage situation to obtain more property from the bride’s family. This is more noticeable in newlyweds, who are the most vulnerable in the circumstance. Dowry crimes can involve the threat or use of violence, leaving the bride’s family with little choice but to offer additional dowry in order to protect their daughter. Dowry is thought to be a prominent factor in India’s observed violence against women. Physical brutality, emotional torture, and even the murder of brides and young girls prior to marriage are among the crimes committed. Cruelty (including torture and harassment), domestic violence, suicide abetment, and dowry death are the most common types of dowry crimes. If a girl brings less dowry, her in-family law’s will harass her. She gets burned from time to time as well. Many people take their own lives. For this season, three girls in Kanpur and three in Delhi hanged themselves. In Delhi alone, dowry deaths occur on a daily basis. In a remote location, such deaths are never recorded.
The practise of dowry has transcended caste and extended throughout society. Despite the fact that there is a clear legislation prohibiting dowry, it is not enforced in the same way as the rule prohibiting child marriage is not enforced. The regulations should be severely enforced, and they should serve as a deterrent to the practise of dowry. At a public gathering, every family or individual responsible for bride burning or battering should be compensated in the same coin. The people would be deterred from using the dowry system if regulations were strictly enforced. NGOs and women’s organisations should also try to improve the lives of those who have been harmed by this practise. Finally, as we approach the new millennium, we can state that we, as Indian citizens, should seek to put an end to this heinous practise. Dowry is a blemish on the country’s otherwise sparkling face. The old, on the other hand, cannot do away with it. Only the younger generation is capable of doing so.
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