A curse that goes as tradition
July 22, 2011
Dowry is one of the social evils which are a blot on our escutcheon as a Muslim society. It has made hundreds of families around us restless. This evil has been in practice in the sub-continent for centuries but unfortunately we couldn't eliminate it. Though it is one of the most hated traditions, it is growing by leaps and bounds.
Marriage is one of the most sacred ceremonies in our society but the horror of dowry has made it the most feared occasion for parents. Even in the past dowry was considered as a huge sin in the sub-continent. Marriages were highly appreciated then, as there were no demands for dowry at all by the groom's family. It was a time when the bridegroom was voluntarily presented with some beautiful gifts not demanded by his family. But today this healthy practice has developed into an evil.
Through this system we have started humiliating the humanity as it looks odd to demand materialistic benefits along with a beautiful bride. Dowry system is insulting and disgracing the character of this Islamic society. It is reducing the respect of both the genders. What a tragedy that an educated man demands dowry for his own benefit! So this demand is nothing but an insult to our education and culture. Dowry has increased inferiority complex among the girls too who despite having good looks and sound educational background remain unmarried just because of poverty.
It has also been witnessed that girls are tortured just because they bring little dowry. In some cases in-laws force girls to bring more from their parent's home. If they fail to do so, they are divorced and even killed.
This problem is aggravating with the passage of time. The government has taken some serious actions against this curse but the major problem is that the rules are applicable to the poor only. On the other hand, rich people give their daughters a huge dowry increasing the lust of the people whose religion is to amass wealth.
The criminal practice of dowry must be eliminated root and branch so that girls with poor financial backgrounds should not suffer at the hands of their in-laws.