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Dhoom-dham of shaadis PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shailaja Chandra   
Friday, 16 April 2010 08:05

Ostentatious weddings are the starting point of dowry extortion. But the situation cannot be altered either through rhetoric or law. For laws to work, more than governance and enforcement, the ethos of society has to change. Respect for simple living and high thinking needs to be inculcated

Wedding preparations are in progress in a family I know well. Dozens of clinging georgette creations embellished with velvet, lace, shimmer and sequins are spread on a king-sized bed for my preview. Looking at my face, the proud mother of the bridegroom decrees, “The days of traditional saris are over” even as she lays her son’s sparkling shervani alongside umpteen jewellery boxes cradling chandelier look-alikes.

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We don't need dowry, cry harassed husbands PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mid-Day Correspondent   
Friday, 20 November 2009 08:55

On International Men's Day, married men demand end of  torture from women, who misuse law to their advantage

In a role reversal of sorts, approximately 300 married men pleaded an end to torture by their wives on International Men's Day yesterday.

The harassed husbands carried banners against the misuse of dowry by their wives, as they participated in a rally organised by the Protect India Family Foundation, Indian Family Foundation and the Child's Right and Family Welfare, from Mulund to Azad Maidan.

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Techie sues wife FOR ‘giving’ dowry PDF Print E-mail
Written by Hemanth Kashyap   
Tuesday, 21 April 2009 00:00
The wedding photos of Virag and Viral

Bangalore Mirror: A Bangalore-based software engineer has filed a case against his wife and in-laws for paying him dowry. His contention: Giving dowry is as much an offence as receiving it.

Demanding dowry is a crime, so is giving it. In a first of its kind in the state, a city-based software engineer jailed for taking dowry has filed a case against his wife and in-laws for ‘giving’ him dowry.

Virag Dhulia, 28, who had been imprisoned for two days, was later released on bail.

Virag has filed cases against his wife Viral Goda and his in-laws saying they had paid him dowry. Virag separated from his wife within two months of their marriage. Viral and her parents filed a complaint in the Mahadevapura police station saying they had paid Virag Rs 12 lakh as dowry.

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The fight against dowry begins at home PDF Print E-mail
Written by Poonam Vaidya   
Wednesday, 06 May 2009 10:50

Bangalore: With dowry harassment cases on the rise, welfare organisations believe women have to stand up and say no, if this social evil is to be stopped

Preeti Biyani, 29, committed suicide on April 28 by hanging herself. Even though she left a suicide note saying that nobody was responsible, her parents alleged that she committed suicide due to dowry harassment.

S Dinesh, from Intellectia, a legal organisation helping women, offers education as the first long-term method to prevent dowry harassment: "Other short-term measures are helplines belonging to the Women's Commission and Vanitha Sahay Vani that offer couple counselling. If the harassment continues, lodging a complaint is an essential legal remedy, as it acts as an indirect warning," he says, adding, "but one should exercise caution as some opportunistic women make fake complaints under the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961."

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If taking dowry is a crime, so is giving, says court PDF Print E-mail
Written by DNA India   
Friday, 05 December 2008 12:55

Noida magistrate orders action against bride’s family for giving dowry and misusing Act to settle personal scores

NEW DELHI: A Noida court has ordered police to book a woman and her parents for giving dowry. The chief judicial magistrate (CJM) of Noida ordered the police to register an FIR against Noida-based call centre employee Natasha Juyal and her parents under section 3 of the Dowry Prohibition Act (DPA) for giving dowry. The CJM also ordered action against police officers who refused to register Natasha’s husband Namit Juyal’s complaint.

Giving or taking dowry is a criminal offence under Section 3 of the DPA with imprisonment. This is a rare case where the section was evoked against a woman and her family.

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