Dowry System The Curse of our society.
India is a cultural country. The people of India nowadays also follow the culture, old customs of India. One of those old customs is that after marriage a girl goes to the bridegroom’s home. According to our old custom on this occasion the bride’s father gives some gifts such as jewelry, bed, chair, money, etc to the groom.
As we know that time changes then everything changes. Now people specially those who have a daughter, are facing a problem, That is called “dowry system”. In India It is prevalent in almost all sections of Indian society. it has eaten the bone of our society.
In the era of Gautama Buddha and Mahavir Jain people also used to give dowry but as a gift. It means the bride’s father used to give a gift that he wanted. But now it is becoming a demand. Nowadays the groom’s parents and also the groom firstly decide the dowry that he wants, such as money, jewelry, car, bike, etc. If the bride’s father fulfills their demand then they allow for marriage with the bride otherwise they reject the girl.
This type of low thinking is a great obstacle to the future of our country. The thinking of dowry is a slap on the cheeks of all the advancement and modern techniques of our country. Dowry practice has also got acceptance of almost every category in our society, which can also take the form of a major problem going forward. Dowry practice had become an unusual way of living in our country from the poor family to the big personalities. Our father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi said
“any young man who makes dowry a condition to marriage, discredits his education and his country and dishonors womanhoods”.
It is a social disease that is moving very fast in society. It ignores the merit of a girl.it is no longer a token of love Or affection. Sometimes the life of a girl becomes hell. She is beaten mercilessly. Sometimes she is murdered for dowry. Sometimes the groom’s father or other or the groom himself demands money from the girl’s father even after marriage. Sometimes many young brides commit suicide. The girl’s parents are insulted again and again. Their greediness knows no bounds. A survey of the certified organization told that between 2012 to 2014 approx 25 thousand brides died due to dowry.
The parents of a girl wish for a happy married life for their daughter. For that, they save money from the very beginning. If their savings are not enough, they sell their land or take loans, they are asked to spend more and more money. The girl’s father does everything for only that his daughter will live happily living in her husband’s house. The government of India has taken many steps to remove this worse system. The Dowry Prohibition Act, passed in 1961, which prohibits the request, payment, or acceptance of dowry, where “dowry” is defined as a gift demanded or given as a precondition for a marriage. Asking or giving of dowry can be punished by imprisonment of up to six months or a fine of up to Rs.50000. Many anti dowry legislation has also been made to tackle the dowry system. The media has also done its bit by showcasing the cases of dowry and its bad effects.
The dowry is a curse for society. It must be rooted out. Education is such a way which can help to remove this system from our society. Also, it is the duty of young boys and girls to come forward to face this challenge and raise their voice against this worse system of our society. Girls should oppose to marry a boy who demands dowry. We all have to work together to stop this social issue. The practice of the Dowry System will diminish by overhauling of mindsets, which won’t happen in a day or two but will take quite some time for people to accept the bitter truth.