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Why Indian Society calculating Women’s Worth in Dowry?

Marriage is a necessary factor of society, a wellspring of satisfaction and merriments just as of fresh starts. However, one of the longest standing shades of malice related to marriage from a lady’s perspective in the Indian culture is the Dowry framework. In spite of a great deal is said and done against the custom, it is as yet pervasive in the 21st century, in both unpretentious and evident ways. The foundation of a large group of social outrages against ladies, the custom of introducing share is the crudest articulation of the male-strength in the general public. It is frequently the obligatory custom of a young lady’s folks giving a lot of money, gold as gems, electronic gear, mobile or ardent properties, to the husband to be and his family, at the season of marriage. In spite of the fact that the starting point of the custom lies with guardians attempting to guarantee money related strength for their girls, in current viewpoint, it has converted into guardians paying up for the affirmation of prosperity of their little girls.

Dowry images
Dowry images

The jewelry and cash that a bride brings with her from her parents’ house are often referred to as “Streedhan” and in theory is the property of the girl, but in reality, it is often treated as their rightful due by the groom’s family. The sum to be paid as dowry has no set standard, the yardstick greatly depends on the groom’s profession/social standing and is often perceived as the groom’s family as the compensation of efforts they have made to educate their boy. In a more subtle perspective, one may define this custom as the unquestioned idea that the girl’s family is inferior in standing with the boy’s family, no matter what her qualities are. Thus they need to be on their best behavior and offer lavish “gifts” to please the boy’s family. This ideal is so ingrained in the psyche of a large number of Indians, they either practically ruin themselves financially in order to pay for the appropriate price of the chosen groom, or make a bid to eradicate the prospect of this financial burden by selective gender-biased abortion or female infanticide.

Dowry photo
Dowry photo

This exploitative framework that has turned the custom of giving blessings and well wishes into a necessary interest for cash, regard, and enslavement, is one of the major contributing components blocking the development of the Indian culture where being a lady is still seen synonymous to being a weight.

The inferior social standing of women in Indian society is so deep-rooted in the psyche of the nation, that this treatment of them as mere commodities is accepted without question, not only by the family but by the women themselves. When marriage is viewed as the ultimate achievement for women, evil practices like dowry takes its roots deeper in society.

lack of formal education is another cause for the prevalence of the dowry system. A large number of women are deliberately kept from schools either due to certain superstitions or from the belief that educating girls will take away from their eligibility as good wives.

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