A dowry is the money, goods, or lands
that a woman brings as a gift to her husband in matrimonial. It is the payment
in cash or some kind of gifts given to a bridegroom's family along with the
bride. Generally, they include cash, electrical appliances, jeweler, furniture,
crockery, utensils and other household items that help the newlywed set up her
home. It is an ancient custom, and continues to be anticipated, and demanded as
a condition to accept a marriage proposal, in some fragments of the world,
mainly in parts of Asia, North Africa.
Dowry for weddings is a serious issue for poor families in the subcontinent and
many women are unable to marry because their relatives cannot afford the gifts
and money demanded by grooms’ families and if the bride’s parents cannot afford
to give Dowry, the treatment of their daughter at the groom’s home can get quite
bad. She may get harassed or beaten by her husband every day because her parents
were not able to give enough dowry.
The hazard of dowry is not restricted to Pakistan alone. Several countries are
wreaked with this. For example in India, a bride is burnt for dowry every 58
minutes Incidents such as acid hurling, wife-beating and splits are often the
outcomes of the brides' incapability to fulfil the expectations of greedy
in-laws and husband. The educated don't openly ask for dowry but the groom's
family evaluates how much the girl would bring based on her father's earnings
and siblings' status in the society.
Some people also consider that giving and receiving a dowry will also increase
their position in society. A Dowry is also commonly given in India, Bangladesh
and Nepal. It means that it is mostly experienced in south Asian countries. In
India, it is believed that a person who does not accept a dowry may have some
The Dowry system has nothing to do in Islam which is the fundamental basis of
our country and therefore it conflicts to our culture at every stage.
To conclude that Dowry is an impropriety in the general public which must be
banned in the nation. It leads toward advancing .