Monday, 28 March 2011 11:38
Written by Mohammad Yusha
In India, 7,618 dowry deaths were registered in 2006, followed by 8,093 cases in 2007 and 8,172 in 2008. It is estimated that not even 5% of dowry deaths are reported. Out of the ones that are reported, most of disguised as suicide or accidents. Culprits get away.
The figures aren’t much better in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, etc. And these figures don’t include the hundreds of thousands of women who are beaten for dowry everyday. Hundreds of thousands who are burnt not to be killed, but to be tortured. All because of the rotten custom of dowry.
Even though dowry has been illegal in India since 1961, there has been no reduction in this menace. Dowry originated in upper caste Hindu families. Since then, this custom has spread to all corners of the subcontinent and there is no stopping it. Men, without any shame or self-respect, take this opportunity to gobble up as much wealth and valuable possessions as they can.
The custom of taking dowry from the girl’s father is prevalent among Muslims only in the subcontinent. There is no such thing as dowry among Muslims in other countries. This custom is rooted so deeply among Muslims in the subcontinent that even when they go and live in western countries, they continue with this custom.
Some people try to justify their indulgence in the custom of dowry by citing that Prophet Mohammad (SAW) gave Hazrat Fatimah (RA) gifts during her wedding. The things he gave his daughter were very modest household items. Secondly, there is no record of him giving his other three daughters anything. It is ridiculous to try and justify the dowry custom by giving the example of Prophet Mohammad’s (SAW) household items to his daughter.
There are two categories of people. Hindus, who demand dowry, and Muslims, who may not demand it but do not refuse it either. However, some Muslims have now started demanding it. Even when not...