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Preventing The Dowry Menace


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Dowry MenaceDowry has been outlawed in India since 1961 – close to fifty years ago. And yet, even today, the papers have enough news reports to suggest that this menace has not only been rooted out of society, but still finds enough acceptance among some families to pose a very serious threat to women’s lives and health.

One case, that recently made headlines in Chennai newspapers, is a frightening instance of dowry related violence. A 23 year old woman, married to a software engineer in the US, lies in a hospital bed with 52 fractures, paralysed on one side of her body and unable to speak because of damage to her brain. She is also seven months pregnant. Her family alleges that she was physically tortured at home by in-laws, then pushed out of a moving car in the sixth month of her pregnancy.

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Changing Names, Same Person


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NicknamesOne may be called by many different names in one’s lifetime. Pet names, nick names, each of us could have different labels at different times. Women are accustomed to being called different names before and after marriage. There are some communities, notably Marwaris, who change the bride’s first name as well as her surname. In such a situation, a girl literally has two separate identities, one before, and one after marriage. Perhaps before marriage she was Dimple Daga. But after marriage she becomes Rakhi Ranka. It seems strange to think they are one and the same.

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