Dowry system is among the major social issues in India. The governmental measures against the system are in place. Though, all these efforts have failed to efficiently eradicate the social evil.
Women in India are great victims of dowry organization in our society, the male-dominated society. Dowry is illegal only on paper, in bench, or in legislature benches. Nearly the daughter-in-law is normally treated as the goose that lays the golden egg. Once they stop laying egg, they are tortured both mentally and physically. Also persons fatalities are driven out to leave the house or obligate recklessness.
Status of women in the society:
Females in India are numerically fewer than the males. In real-world field the plight of women in India is pitiable now-a-days. Girls and females constitute Indian’s largest worried section. Indeed they are some of the firmest upholders in a family set-up where not only women but girls are anticipated to bear the entire domestic drudgery, perform most of the parental responsibilities as mother and sacrifice themselves for the profit of their offspring.
Section 304-B of the Indian Punitive code lays down that anywhere the death of a women is caused by any burns or bodily injury or occurs otherwise than under normal conditions within seven years of her wedding, such death shall be ‘dowry death’, and such spouse or relative shall be deemed to have caused her death.
It is very good that the law has been compulsory to defend the fatalities of dowry scheme but in adequate practices reinforce the oppressors. As for the parents of the girl, their guilt in marrying off their girl child to a dowry-hunter and thereafter shut their judgments to the plight of their offspring in her husband’s home is not punishable in law to some extent.
More than four decades have passed, but the position status of women remains in a stagnant position. It is that we had the great characters like Raja Rammohan Roy, Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar who did enough for the sake of women. In present time the leaders often cry for the plight of women for their voting drive only.
Dowry and marriage system:
It is a shame that reaching at modern age, the dowry scheme is still prevalent in our society. Like untouchability and caste system, dowry system is not only a meagre evil but also a criminal offence.
The marriage contract today is entered into more separately by both men and females. The character of the marriage contract has changed even more than in outward from. The traditional marriage ceremony in civilisation was based on the principle of male dominance and female obedience. But when the wife premises to ‘obey’ where this world remains in marriage ritual, she and her spouse alike are aware of the ceremony is for the most part relic of the past.
Solution for Dowry System:
To eliminate the dowry system people have to take massive steps against this system:
Firstly, illiteracy must be eradicated from our society;
Secondly, female members of our civilization are treated as like male members. They are the part and parcel of our society;
Thirdly, destruction of daughter foetus in the mother womb directly be stopped and accused must be punished;
Fourthly, the women are to be introduced in every field of work not only in the house-hold work;
Fifthly, education to be imparted equally to the female like male;
Sixthly, working opportunity is to be given the experienced female candidate. If economically they are self-sufficient, the problem will be solved partly. Now-a-days joblessness problem is also a condition to accelerate this curse;
Seventhly, law connected with marriage-contract must be edited and women have to give unconditional intention to marry like male. Their meanings have to be given great importance.