“The Dowry System In India”
The dowry system is so deeply rooted in Indian culture, that sometimes one feels that there's going to be no way out - at least not for another century. Even modern, well-educated families start saving up money for their daughter's dowry as soon as she is born so what can one expect from the uneducated masses, whose only form of education is tradition? When demands for dowry are not met, the bride is subject to torture, and often even killed. The reason many parents don't want to have daughters is because of the dowry they will have to shell out at her marriage, and the stress they go through due to never ending demands from her in-laws. Dowry is an evil, evil system and all of us at some level, condone it and even contribute to it. Originally parents of the bride would give their daughters present, ornaments and other necessary articles of daily use. These things were meant to contribute, according to their status, to a happy family life. By and by the rich of our society whom we call pillars of society, gave this custom a design to fill pockets of the parents of the bridegroom. In due course of time demand for the dowry became most essential condition of the marriage settlement. The demand in cash which depends upon the merits of the boy and the status of the family become a terror for the society. Middle class people became main target of the attack. The devil of dowry has put an end to the happiness of several couples even after marriage. Often the boys parents don't demand dowry, but our culture is such that we feel we must give something to the in-laws. In such cases, give as much as you receive. When you go out of your way because you are the parents of the girl, you are contributing to this evil. Though India has host of problems to tackle today, yet the biggest which the country is facing is dowry. Dowry, in fact, has destroyed our economy. Today we fix dowry rates of boys of deferent categories – doctors, engineers,...
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