Dowry Business Today there was a strange case in the papers. Seems a woman died and the brother of the lady complained that the inlaws killed her.Seems they were asking for a lakh, they could arrange 10,000 which it seems was not enough, and they thrashed her to death. The brother had an idea and he went to face book, and wrote about it,and it seems in two days time, it has had 40,000 views and a lot of comments, cursing the inlaws of the dead lady. It seems the lady was thrashed regularly, so I am surprised how come the parents did not act on it, on why the lady did nto go to the police station, maybe her life could have been saved, even the neighbours confirmed that she was being thrashed. Now these are common happenings, this case becomes prominent bcs of the brother going to facebook.And the tremendous response that it has generated, otherwise this is like the many deaths that happen all over india regularly. The general reaction of people like us is , the inlaws are monsters and they should be hanged . I agree with that, along with all of u. But alongside that there is a dark underbelly that no one is exploring, and that is what I want to bring in front of u friends.There are more guilty here than u can imagine. I have been here since the last few decades, and we keep seeing things, I have a lot of Marwari friends, andin business circle too, so let me give u some inside stories, which will make u see the other side of the fence too.And open your eyes to the other culprits in these sordid episodes. First coming to this story, I also blame the parents of the girl and the brother and sisters too. The boy who is crying for his sister, when he got married, if he is married tht is, has he not taken dowry, or if unmarried, will he too not take dowry when he gets married ? So is it not that everyone is involved in this, why did they not take back the girl if she was mistreated, and beaten ? These girls given on the basis of dowry are taught that aftger marriage their backs must be to their parents, and their dead body will leave the inlaws house, I am not joking, I am serious here. Or another way of putting it, the parents telling the Girl “ Your Doli will be lifted from here, and yr Arthi, that is the dead body from yr husbands house”. A friend of my daughter got married a decade back, very pretty girl, well educated. We had gone to their house to leave my daughter, who was going with them outstation to attend the wedding. The father greeted us, and I asked him about the wedding, and he said he has fixed the marriage at 2 crores, which he has to pay, others were asking 3 and 4 crores. So this was a reasonable deal he said. I felt sorry and expressed my regrets to him and I came home, the next day it struck me, that the man has a married son too, staying with him, so he must have taken dowry too from the DIL’s side, now it is payback time, then the sympathy disappeared. If u have taken u have to give back eh ! It is very common in Jaipur, for the boys side to parade on trucks, with a band playing, along the main roads of jaipur, the goods received as dowry, one truck is filled with furniture, another with electronics like TV, Fridge, microowen, the handcards with clothes and so on. I don’t have the pictures , but I will take out and post later. There is no cash displayed, that is done privately. Usually a sum is settled on, the price of the boy. A businessman who I deal with, I once asked him, jokingly if dowry goes on in their house, and he said, yes,that my price was 20 lakhs, in the 20 we decide how much cash and jewellery we want, and what is to be spent on the functions etc. They are two brothers and one sister, I and harsha attended the sister’s wedding, later on I came to know she committed suicide, leaving behind two small children. I did nto ask my friend the reason,but I can just assume the reason of what it must have been. Times have changed but these people have not changed their mindset. Let us assume a father has set aside say 25 lakhs for his daughters wedding. He educates here , till graduation, and then decides to get her married byt the itme she is around 21 or so. Without dowry she wont get married. Now take this scenario. What if the father calls the daughter and says “ Listen daughter, I have sent aside 25 lakhs for yr marriage. Now either u get married as others have done in yur family,bea housewife, bear kids, specially sons, or I give u another option. I can spend this money on yr MBA, and u have to excel to be picked by a good company from yr campus, u can work in any part of india, u stay in a PG, earn and save whatevrer u want. And since u cant get married bcs I would have spent all I have on yr education, now u are on yr own, u are free to fall in love with anyone u like, and u can get married, he can be of any caste, religion or creed, but we can then only give blessings and nothing else to u. So the choice is yours, dear daughter, u decide, take yr time. I guess the second option is decent, it wil give her an opportunity to get away from her community and its practice, and she is on her feet, not dependent on anyone all thru her life, for she can now find a job anytime, and that education is an asset for her to be on her own two feet all thru her life. In these dowry deaths, I can only feel sorry for the girl herself, for she has no support of her parents after marriage, she cannot complain, they wont take her back , for it will spoil their reputation, and the girl is better dead than be back from there. She has no where to go but suffer the fate. Along with the inlaws, the parents, and the brothers, must also be booked, for pushing the girl to this fate. This crime is same as those parents who push their kids into prostitution etc. The brothers take dowry when they get married, and then they crib and cry when they give dowry for their sister, ro when things go wrong, as they will most of the time. God knows what is the solution to this terrible problem that is prevalent in most of north india, in us sindhis, it is like give whatever u want to yr daughter, simple and straight. We spend more on lavish functions, and I don’t remember anyone giving a TV or fridge or a car in dowry , at least in the sindhis, jewellery yes, to the daughter, but nothing like this really. What do u say, friends, what should be done to eradicate this evil. To me , I cant seem to think of anything, and even when the times have changed, this mindset has not changed at all. Amen. 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