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Dowry System in Bangladesh

by Sabrin

 

*The following is an article by Nurunnahar Islam Munni

Bangladesh is a development country. In this country there are many kinds of unpleasant customs. Dowry is the most common unpleasant custom of those. It creates many problems. It is against the success of our country.

Through this custom the bride has to give a large amount of money, furniture, ornaments and many things to the bridegroom. It is a very terrible situation for the society. Women & their family suffer a lot for this dowry system.

I think poverty, illiteracy, narrow mentality, negative attitude to the women, dependence on husband and living on their income, social corruption etc are the main cause of dowry. Some time bridegroom wants money to do business or want to make his life settle with that money. In the village if brides are not beautiful to look at or if they get late married then they are to give a lot of money as dowry to the bridegroom.

It is a much unexpected situation for the bride’s family members. They are to collect a huge amount of money for their daughters’ or sisters’ marriage. Sometime they are to take loan, sell their lands, furniture, ornaments and even their own house to collect the money. They are to lose many things and face many problems for this dowry system.

We saw that women are tortured when they can not give any money to their husband. Some time we hear and see in the newspaper that some women are killed, some are hung and some are burnt by their husband, in-law’s family members and others.

For this dowry system divorce, doing suicide, mental and physical tortures, number of broken family are increasing day by day. It is also affecting on the new generation. They can not give attention in their education; can not contribute in any development activities. It hampers their mental development.

This custom is very disgraceful for our country. So we should try hard to remove this system from our country. There are some laws to remove it. But we can not apply them properly. We have to try to use these laws properly. There should be more steps on women’s right in our Law system. We should change our outlook, mentality by our Law rules. Narrow mentality of the greedy people should be changed and a hard punishment should be given to them.

But good thing is that, at present our Government is aware about it. Therefore this system is changing. In the past it was so high in our country. Now we have a law that who will give dowry and take dowry— all will be known as a criminal. So if we stop giving dowry then I think that this system will be end soon.

4 Comments

Kathryn B. WardFeb 2 2008 - -

nice to see this post, which comes from one of the student bloggers of "Bangladesh from our View" blog which can be seen: http://narijibon.blogspot.com

Kathryn B. WardFeb 2 2008 - -

the direct link: http://narijibon.blogspot.com/2008/01/dowry-system-in-bangladesh.html

AnonymousMar 2 2009 - -

Article is great, but I don't think that this system can be change because we live in a male dominating society, and to change the system man needs to give rights to women to which they are entitle as a human, but they will not give them ever due to their power addiction. They are addict of power which our society already given them and I do not think they would like to share or give some ammount to women their power. These kind of articles women can encourage but not man, and I think u r very well aware what is the reason? If everyone only try to be a good human,I think we would not need to fight for any thing. We all would get peace and happiness in our own life without arguments.

Miss HasanMar 2 2009 - -

Article is great, but I don't think that this system can be change because we live in a male dominating society, and to change the system man needs to give rights to women to which they are entitle as a human, but they will not give them ever due to their power addiction. They are addict of power which our society already given them and I do not think they would like to share or give some ammount to women their power. These kind of articles women can encourage but not man, and I think u r very well aware what is the reason? If everyone only try to be a good human,I think we would not need to fight for any thing. We all would get peace and happiness in our own life without arguments.

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