FATIMA JINNAH WOMEN UNIVERSITY
DOWRY AND ITS REPERCUSSIONS
SIR RAMZAN AZHAR
BS-COMMUNICATION SCIENCES V
‘D for Dowry, D for Disgrace & D for Divorce’
My maid Parveen says, since day one, everybody she meets from her in-laws to her companions who live nearby; pray for her un-born baby to be a BOY!! Her mother-in-law claimed to distribute sweets in the entire neighbourhood if the baby was a BOY!!. When Parveen told me about these wired stories, I was really astonished. But what really annoyed me the most was HER OWN statement, “Baji, please pray that God blesses me with a SON!” I asked her for an explanation and she told me that a son would carry on the family name, become the bread-earner, and look after her when she grows old. “Girls are a burden. One has to pay for their upkeep, food, clothing and education and above all to her get married and contribute to another household. If one has a daughter, he/she would most likely have to pay a substantial dowry to get her married.”
So dowry is the main reason why people pray for a baby boy. I never would have realized this if I hadn’t spoken to Parveen. But actually no body can blame her for uttering such an absurd notion while living in 21st century where boys and girls are considered to be equal. The paradigm of marriage customs has shifted. The phenomenon of marriages decided at the time of birth are now almost unheard. Now young people put a lot of queries about “who, what, how and when” about their would be spouse and his/her family and also about...
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