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DOWRY SYSTEM IN INDIA
BY: DR. T.K. JAIN AFTERSCHO☺OL

Excess of everything is bad. So is the case in dowry system. If parents don’t give anything to girls on the occasion of marriage – it shows there lack of care. We know that even on small occasions, parents love to give something to their children. Giving to children is a source of pleasure for parents, but when it is demanded, the problems start. Dowry, which was a good practice in the past, has become an evil practice today. There are huge demands. In some communities, the rates are very high. It becomes very difficult for the parents of girls to manage this amount. Thus today it has become evil practice. There seems to be only one solution – social boycott. This problem can be solved by determination only. Let us hope that we have
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some great leaders, who take initiative to raise public voice against this problem. WE ORGANISED A GROUP DISCUSSION ON THIS ISSUE, AS IT IS A MAJOR PROBLEM IN INDIA. IT WAS A MIXED GROUP CONSISTING OF EQUAL NUMBER OF BOYS AND GIRLS. THE VIEWS ARE AS UNDER: N: I believe that dowry is a tradition of India. It is a way in which the parents give their property to their daughter. It is the money of the woman. It is a right. J: I think dowry should not be there. We are giving our sister. It is not a sale. There is no need that the parents should give something. It is the responsibility of the husband to take care of the girl. There is no need of dowry. There are many wrong practices due to this system. P: we read that girls are burned due to demands of dowry. Dowry is rooted in Indian orthodox ideas. The solution of dowry system is education. People must understand and get education. We should express our ideas and be self reliant. We should resist it.

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N: every thing has two aspects. In dowry the parents give basic utensils and other necessary items. These things help the girls. It is not that husband has to take care of the girls. We can also say that parents give some of their property to the sons also. Thus there is nothing wrong in giving dowry. P: we see that there are many mal-practices due to dowry system. J: the problem is the mentality of the persons. H: dowry is a social evil. It is a wrong pracitce. If a girl is from a poor family, their parents will be in trouble. The parents would not be able to give dowry and there will be problems. N: we are taking dowry as giving money. We should see it in positive perspective. It is not like that we have to give dowry. It is not like you have to give dowry. J: giving gifts is different – giving a cash or similar things is dowry. H: boys want to take dowry, but girls don’t like the dowry system.

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P: Girl’s family faces the problems when boys demand. There are always demands and there are problems. J: the problem is with the mentality. P: raising demand is not good. S: in our country there are many social evils are there. There are evils like child marriages etc. there are many instances when the girl’s father is unable to fulfill the demands of dowry. There are many laws which restrict dowry system. But there are problems in implementation of these laws. In rural areas the problem is acute. The women in rural areas are comparatively less educated. We must take steps. We should (girls) should not marry a person who demands dowry. J: in my opinion dowry is a big problem. We should have ea comprehensive programme against this system. A middle class family cannot fulfill the demand of the dowry system. N: I would like to share that dowry is not the problem – mentality of people is the problem. The real problem is lack of education – as only uneducated people are having this problem. In educated families, there are no problems due to dowry system. The main problem is greediness. If
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people are greedy, this is one of the problems – thus real problem e is not dowry, it is something else. H: there are many cases pending in courts. Most of these cases come from villages. There is widespread illiteracy in villages. We can get rid of this problem by organizing literacy programmes. We should also strengthen these programmes. These programmes have been continuously running campaigns for education and literacy. P: we must remove dowry problem from our society. We have one solution – that is education. With education, we can analyze all the aspects of our society and solve the problem. VS: as far as dowry is concerned, we know that it is a major problem; we should focus on solving this problem. The government should take strict action against this problem. If we are not able to solve this problem, it is our mistake. We should form voluntary groups and these groups should go to the villages and raise voice against dowry system. For a normal person, there must be some initiatives. I will try to remove this problem, as I will not take dowry. I will not allow my friends to take dowry. I

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have taken a step. If we all take steps, we will be able to solve the problem. S: if boys take steps not to take dowry, this problem is solved.

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