Dowry system or an evil system of our country that still exists even after 72 years of independence. The system of giving the bride as a gift is justified. But to what extent the giving of vehicles, jewellery, and furniture is justified. Especially when it leads to issues such as domestic violence, sexual harassment, and sometimes suicide. In our county being a girl parent is a sin and credit goes to the dowry system that still exists. The idea behind the dowry system was, to make sure the bride will be financially stable after getting married. The intentions were very clear. Brides parents used to give money, land, assets to the bride as a “Gift” to make sure their daughter will be happy and independent after marriage. Now parents of the bride were looking at their bride as a source of income. Parents started hating their daughters and wanted only sons. They started demanding money as a dowry.
The new dowry system is creating problems in society. Poor parents do not get any groom who will marry their daughter without taking dowry. They have to take “Marriage Loans” to get their daughter married. Dowry is becoming a nightmare for Women. The cases of infanticide are increasing. Poor parents do not have any other option. They cannot afford to have a girl child, and hence they are intentionally killing infant girls. Dowry is creating violence. Groom’s parents are misusing this pure tradition. And they are not aware that they are misusing it, because they are not educated about the traditional dowry system. Everyone is just following the new dowry system blindly.
Dowry is complete injustice with women and does not give women equal status in society. Because of dowry men will always be superior to women. This is creating a mess and a negative environment in society. Under the Dowry Prohibition Act, taking or giving dowry is a crime and illegal. If you see someone taking or giving dowry then you can complain about them. Whenever someone takes the downy then it is sin but those who give dowry are equally culprit. So the need of the time is that we pledge to not give or take dowry in any case.