Dowry Cases that shocked India! Why are we obsessed with Dowry and Beta?
Dowry Cases: Why do women accept abuse as their fate, we are celebrating 75 years of Independence par Aurat kab hogi Azaad!
Earlier this month, a shocking case was reported from Kanpur where a woman was allegedly raped by her husband and his friends because she was not able to meet the dowry demands. The victim has alleged that her husband even tried to set her on fire.
Notably, a lot of women accept abuse in marriage as their fate. They don't even raise their voice.
Another important reason remains children. A lot of women do not leave abusive relationships for the sake of their children. They put their children first and sacrifice their own safety. A lot of women also believe that they want their children to have a father.
Experts believe that in India, Ghar ki izzat remains a big deal. The tag of 'Divorced' scares a lot of women. For the sake of their parents and society, they accept abuse as their fate.
India's Obsession with Dowry & Beta
We are celebrating 75 years of Independence but there is a large chunk of women who are beaten every day because they weren't able to meet dowry demands. India is obsessed with a dowry, as a status symbol even if they don't need the stuff. A large number of bridegrooms and their families feel entitled to get it.
According to a report, a majority of dowry cases go unreported. The Bride and her family choose to stay silent due to fear of ostracism by society. Thus, although seeking and asking for dowry is a criminal offence under sections 174 and section 176, the reality is – it is deeply rooted in our culture.
We need a mindset Revolution ASAP
In our country, by the time a girl hits 25, everyone expects her to get married and start a family. otherwise it will be too late, and she will not find a suitable husband.
So, there is always pressure from society on the parents to get their daughters married Independent daughters are too treated as a responsibility in India.
A lot of times when women report abuse they are often told – Don't report you will be shamed in society and ostracised.
We need to change our mindset. We should start normalizing women choosing the partner of their own choice or even not getting married at all. Marriage is not the ultimate goal of a woman's life. This has to be taught again and again until it gets ingrained in our minds.
An unmarried daughter is far better than a Dead Daughter!
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