Question: Imagine the dowry system is a serious problem of our time. You want to raise people’s awareness in this regard. Mention its impact on our socio-economic condition. Suggest ways to prevent it.
Answer: Dowry means property or money brought by a bride to her husband when they marry. The Dowry system is the most hateful system in our society. It is a social curse Usually in our society female children are considered inferior to male children. So, during the marriage ceremony, a section of greedy people claim much wealth or money from the guardians of the brides. If the guardians fail to fulfill the demand of their bridegroom, they misbehave with their wives and sometimes torture them seriously. As a result, many of them get divorced or commit suicide, or are killed by their husbands. This problem must be removed immediately from society. As the problem of dowry springs from a male-dominated. poor and backward society, the movement against this issue must include socio-economic. cultural and political forces. A one-point coordinated program against it will definitely yield results. The political parties and government must match the word with action. All progressive forces, not just women s organizations alone, must attempt to bring about equality between the male and female. Improving women s position in society would be an effective measure against dowry, It is a crime both to take and to give dowry. We just see the girl’s family as the victim. But the girl’s guardians must also be alert about the issue. A girl should be brought up to be self-dependent, There is a tendency for the girl and the girl’s family to simply tolerate the oppression rather than risk the marriage breaking up. The families must not fear social shame but boldly take action and protest against dowry-related oppression. They must resort to legal action rather than encourage the girl to ‘bear the oppression’ for the sake of ‘respectability’.