Thursday, April 20, 2006
A Fresh Look into the Dowry System in India
For those of you who aren't familiar with the dowry system in India or for thos eof you think that dowry giving and taking practices are no more happening in India, here are some updates.
Dowry is a form of wedding gift, usually money, material items such as jewels, applicances, car, homes, etc. (the list of dowry items are endless) given by the bride's parents either before, during or after the wedding depending on their tradition and religious custom. Now before you make that grimace of distate, thinking that dowry doesn't happen in the cities, its only shown in movies and happens sparesely in remote, illiterate villages of India, you have to accept the fact that dowry is still prevelant, mostly done behind the screens, even in well to do comunities as a symbol of exhibiting their status, family honor etc.
The underlying purpose of dowry in those days was a means of security for a married woman who was niether educated nor independent. It was an emergency fund/savings account set by the girl's parents in case of any marital problems or abandonment of a woman by her husband.
Well,in today's era of India's growing modernism and changing trends, amidst websites like bharatmatrimony.com, hindu classifieds etc. a new website for the anti-dowry folks www.idontwantdowry.com has been set up by one Mr.Satya who wants to do his part to eradicate dowry as well as create a service oriented business.
This website has lists and photos of brides and grooms, like any other matrimonial website, but with a difference in that where these individuals are not for sale and are all for standing up against receiving or giving dowry for their marriages.
The website was recently inaugrated by Mrs.Nalini Chidambaram and Satya, the owner says that he offers free registration for accessing the site, but charges a nominal fee to view membee profiles.
It looks like the response to such a website has been phenomenal with more than 350 profiles getting posted within the first 3 days of its launch.
Kudos to the unique ideas of folks like Satya.....