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  • Geet Desai

How to say no to dowry in India?

Dowry is a social evil in the society, that has caused unimaginable tortures and crimes

towards women. The evil has taken lives of women from all stratas of society - be it poor, middle class or the rich. However it is the poor who succumb and fall prey to it, more due to their lack of awareness and education.

It is because of the dowry system, that daughters are not valued as much as sons. In society, many times it has been seen that they are seen as a liability and are often subjected to subjugation and are given second-hand treatment may it be in education or other amenities.

Today the government has come up with many laws and reforms, not only to eradicate the dowry system but also to uplift the status of the girl child by bringing in many schemes.

It is now for society at large to become aware of and understand the situation. It is up to all of us to take active steps in bringing about the necessary change and stop either giving or taking dowry. We must all know that we should start valuing our daughters first so that others know their value once they grow up.

Important steps to eradicate dowry

  • Educate your daughters

  • Encourage them to have their own career

  • Teach them to be independent and responsible

  • Treat them (your daughter) equally without any discrimination

  • Do not encourage the practice of giving or taking dowry

Effect on the public of the Dowry Prohibition initiative

  • The parents don't lay enough emphasis on educating their daughters, as they feel that husbands will support them later.

  • The Poorer sections of society who send their daughters out to work and earn some money, to help them save up for their dowry.

  • The regular middle and upper-class backgrounds do send their daughters to school but don't emphasize career options.

  • The very wealthy parents who happily support their daughters until they get married and their ability to fork out a high dowry

Hence education and independence is one powerful and valuable gift that you can give your daughter. This will in turn help her to be financially sound and be a contributing member of the family, giving her respect and right status in the family. So providing your daughter with a solid education, and encouraging her to pursue a career of her choice is the best dowry any parent can ever give their daughter.

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