Dowry is a curse and a misery that has made it difficult for women to live a normal life. It has become a social norm, and a major issue for both society and women. Dowry is the money, household items, automobile, house, and other similar items. The bride or her family provides these things to the groom in exchange for his hand in marriage. This system is Pakistan’s oldest social ill. The dowry system has now evolved into a major social disorder. That is firmly established in people’s veins.
Why is Dowry a Curse?
In our current culture, the dowry system is still being used. It appears absurd that we profess to be modern and open-minded people. But still we are surrounded by evils that slander ourselves and our country around the world. The dowry system is a scourge that has murdered and disabled countless vulnerable women. As well as it has led to many suicide attempts. Dowry system prevents poor people from marrying their daughters and also from holding them at home. Women prefer to die after a specific age if they are unmarried due to our societal perspectives.
Mortality rate due to Dowry System:
Around 2,000 dowry deaths are reported in Pakistan everyday, with a rate of 2.45 per 10,000. In our neighboring country India, over 24,771 women have been slain or committed suicide as a result of dowry-related violence in the last three years. This shows how dowry is a reason behind the disastrous changes in our society. This old social illness needs to be eradicated from our society for our betterment. I urge the current administration to pass a law prohibiting dowry. This should be done in order to end the harmful violence against women. The system of dowry is a curse for any respectable society.