More stringent laws on dowry–Does it mean any thing?


It sounds to be a good news that the government is coming up with more stringent laws on dowry as a deterrent to curb a social evil like this. The very perspective that has to be seen in this context is whether it is the lack of proper laws which are responsible for this menace, or it is their implementation. In fact there is no dearth of laws and rules, as they are there in plenty to take care of the situation. What is blatantly lacking is the enforcement of the relative laws. There is no sense in prescribing laws after laws if they are not implemented in the required spirit lack of which is the order of the day in India. There are people who take shelter of their religion and/ or their traditional values to override the laws and the rules. Yet there are some who are in the habit of issuing their own fatwas with the claim that they are the ones that can supersede any law of the country. In a situation where such a ridiculous state of affairs obtains, any amount of laws so framed is just meaningless. Otherwise too, law and order situation in India is at its worst, and it is all on the face of the fact that there are ample provisions in law to check it. Loot, murder, theft, robbery, kidnapping, molesting, raping, every thing is there. It can’t mean that all this is there because there are no adequate laws to curb them; the fact is that laws are there in ample measure but there are no people to abide by them. Security to the people can be provided if the laws are permitted to get implemented, otherwise just increasing their  numerical figure can never elicit the desired response. Dowry too is an area already well equipped with adequate laws and rules providing severe punishment to those who are parties to taking and giving such type of a bribe. Need of the hour is not necessarily for the new provisions in laws, what may count more is to ensure their effective implementation failing which both the existing laws and those in the pipeline are bound to remain the ones in the waste paper basket.

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12 thoughts on “More stringent laws on dowry–Does it mean any thing?

  1. I FULLY AGREE WITH WHAT YOU HAVE WRITTEN IN YOUR BLOG, SIR. IT IS SELF EXPLANATORY AND EXPLICIT. WE REALLY LACK THE WILL AND COURAGE TO IMPLEMENT THE LAW METICULOUSLY AND EFFECTIVELY IN DOWRY CASES. ONCE WE START IMPLEMENTATION OF DOWRY LAWS WITH STRONG HANDS, THE RESULTS WILL BE THERE TO SEE.

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  2. Demanding dowry :- Vipin Sasidharan, S/O Kumaran Sasidharan and Devaki Sudharma residing in Kollam, kerala-691016 demands dowry indirectly, from my parents, 400grams (50 pawan in kerala) gold dowry. His father asked the gold demand. Gold is so expensive now.
    We are from middle class family we were suppose to give her (Daughter/Sister) as a gift what we had saved and took loan for her marriage.
    But this is playing with girl life, some girls might suicide. Most of the dowry death is In kerala. How can a poor man arrange marriage for his daughter.

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  3. I agree sir, in toto. It is always said , many a social evils in the Society are because of illiteracy (?) but here, dowry deaths are more in the elite and rich. Its a menace as you have rightly put it.

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    • Thank you, Prakash, for your nice comment. Better way of seeing the response to a comment is the very site itself, but I thought I should send you an email also besides my otherwise a normal reaction. As I wrote to you earlier also, I wish your expertise in the field of human relations should be shared by several others. Hopefully, you are fine along with your family.

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