Get Inspired, Be Empowered Forums Sexism & Patriarchy As a society, how do we tackle systemic dowry harassment?

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    Semantee Chattopadhyay
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    Dowry is any property or valuable security given or agreed to be given by one party to another in a marriage. The demand should have been made to the bride’s family by the groom or his family directly are indirectly before or after marriage. The amount depends on a large number of factors, including region, religion, caste and subcaste. Even the groom’s education, the bride’s skin tone, and the negotiation skills of both the families are involved. To avoid larger dowries, families in rural India often marry their daughters off as children. To keep dowry prices low, families also keep girls from going to school. It is believed that dowry prices increase with each additional year of formal education. People in rural India generally believe that girls should not be more educated. Dowry does not include Streedhaan, which is the property of the bride family gives her for her security. According to the National Crime Records Bureau of India, in a country with nearly 10 million weddings a year, less than 10,000 cases of dowry were reported in 2015. More than 8,000 women die as a result of India’s dowry system each year. There are either murdered, abused or commit suicide due to familial pressure.
    “Dowry Prohibition Act, Indian law, enacted on May 1, 1961, intended to prevent the giving or receiving of a dowry. Under the Dowry Prohibition Act, dowry includes property, goods, or money given by either party to the marriage, by the parents of either party or by anyone else in connection with the marriage.”
    We can eradicate the system of dowry by educating women and their families to stand against dowry. Education and awareness should be provided to the men and their families as well so that they realise that it is not ok to put the family under pressure for some amount of money.

    DISHA SAPKALE
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    As we compare dowry system, In recent years from last 30 years it’s getting little bit better but not enough, Dowry is illegal in india, The person get punishment in prison for 5 years & 15,000 rupees fine. The Uttar Pradesh is highest dowry in all over india. Dowry system work like bride’s family give cash, food, furniture as well as house & many more to groom & to his relative’s, If bride’s family doesn’t have much money for dowry then groom will not going to marry with her. It’s getting low from last few years but it’s still happen in many state’s, as we can see the viral case of a girl who suicide because she & her family didn’t given much to groom so groom & his parents asking for more dowry but when the bride get into depressed & then she suicide. However the dowry system affect female mental health, depressions, suicidal thoughts & self injuries. Women should take action against dowry they should not harm themselves instead they should give lesson for such peoples who are forcing for dowry. Through which atleast some people will get scare to not force bride’s family for dowry. Dowry system will stop when such people will get strict punishment and it will happen when women will take stand and for support them their should be NGO’s who will get stand by with women’s you faces dowry harassment. Education of women also plays a role to tackle with this dowry system because if women will educate they will aware of their rights and can take action against them. Because of dowry many women in villages has to face harassment after marriage. This happens due to women bear the violence against them rather than they should take stand and fight back with such situations instead of bearing. Society need to change their mindset and take stand against dowry.

    PALAK KASHIV
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    The Dowry system is basically about the bride’s family lend the property, money and goods, and cash to the groom‘s family for their condition on marriage. This system is followed in almost every family because they think it’s ritual even if it is against a law. Because it also means girls are a liability and they are taking her home so that’s why the groom’s family demands dowry. Now they talk about dowry in a different way they say you can give your daughter what you want as a blessing. And there is also the thing that if groom highly educated than bride family have to give dowry according to that amount. we can tackle this by breaking the stereotypes of dowry system that bride family should strictly say NO to the groom family even if they afford to give dowry. Because directly or indirectly it is the right thing and it puts lots of pressure on the bride family because they have to fulfill the demand of the groom family. Most of the dowry system is applicable in rural regions. We can register the complaint regarding this without any fear from the groom’s family. If some family same amount of daughter’s dowry in her marriage instead of doing that they should spend on their education it will be more effective and helpful. Make your daughter financially independent because of that they will not have to depend on their husband and they would have the liberty to do everything. We need to call out when we see people are practicing dowry and educate society about it.

    Manpreet Singh
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    In society, Dowry is a social scourge that has led to unfathomable suffering and crimes against women. Women of all strata in society – whether it the poor, the middle class or the rich – have taken their life from wickedness. But its more because of its lack of knowledge and learning it is the poor who succumb and bear it. The daughters aren’t respected as the sons due to the concept of duty. In society, it has often been noted that they are seen to be liable and often subjugated and that they receive second-hand treatment, whether in training or other facilities. Today, the government has developed numerous regulations and reforms to not only remove the dowry system but to raise girl children’s status through numerous systems. The problem must now be realized and understood by society at large. It is up to us all to take active efforts to make the necessary changes and stop making or providing. We all need to realize that our girls should first be valued so that others appreciate their value as they grow up.
    Education and autonomy are one of your daughter’s great and precious gifts. This in turn helps her to be financially stable and a member of the family that respects her and has the correct standing in the family. Therefore it is the best thing any family parent can ever offer to their daughter to provide quality education and to encourage her to follow the vocation of her choice. Domestic violence involves the use of hard force to build dominance in the home by teaching women to accept their role as subservient. Domestic abuse tells women that they learn better to live at the mercy of men. It concerns men with low self-esteem, who ruin a woman’s feeling of self-esteem since they feel insufficient to deal with a woman who thinks and behaves as a free human with independent thought. We have to teach our boys that women or girls are not a commodity over which you can claim ownership.
    While the development of such institutions and the welfare state has provided individuals with some measure of protection from economic insecurity and certain misuse, the recognition is now increasing that such institutions also weaken civil society and have helped people to shirk their responsibility for their fellow human beings, including those living nearby. These nuclear cultures don’t help individuals to emotionally well, for even family relationships get very vulnerable and feeble, and even when their worldly needs are taken care of people get quite uneasy and lonely.

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