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OPINION: Let’s fight for Dowry and take a pledge that, “we will say no to dowry”

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“Dowry is denied vehemently but it’s a practice that is still prevalent in today’s society….”

By Farhat Wani
Reported by Team RK
16 July 2020

I want to enlighten a most problematic issue of our society through your newspaper that in Indian culture dowry system which  is one of the most rooted system in marriages. In old or ancient times the boy’s family would give gifts to bride’s family but after centuries the process has reversed. It is more likely to be a price of a bride. Now it is no longer a set of gifts but a contribution of girl and her family towards the beginning of practical life of a boy and his family. 
Our society has been affected by dowry system so badly. Dowry system has created imbalance of women’s status in society. It is also causing conflicts in society because not only illiterate but many educated people are involved in this dowry system. It is also making women mentally and physically weak. 

The practice of giving dowry is not a part of any religion. Although it is spreading widely in India and other Asian countries. So many women who are being tortured by their in laws for not giving enough dowry. Although it is a man’s responsibility to fulfill every need of his wife. 
Women are becoming victims of acid attack and get brutally tortured because of this dowry system. For the protection of women, government should take action and implement some strict law against those society’s evil who are endorsing greed through the dowry. 
Dowry is denied vehemently but it’s a practice that is still prevalent in today’s society. It’s like a continuous fire that has engulfed the lives of so many women and families across the globe and continues to do so. Women are making waves in every field then why are they still crushed to this day in the name of dowry? It’s important to educate today’s youth and curb this practice. Let’s fight for this cause and take a pledge that we will say no to dowry.

The writer Farhat Wani is a Srinagar based social activist who has worked in the field of Domestic Violence and Women’s Empowerment.

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