Dowry harrasement - to what extent? Today's main and shocking news in the visual and print media was about a woman harassed for dowry and brought home from US in a bad physical and mental condition. This girl was married off to a person working in the US as a software prof. It seems that the groom's side had demanded around 7 lakhs as dowry and also it was insisted tht several soveriengs of gold also be given. The girl's side has given around 2 lakhs initially and has promised to pay the remaining 5 lakhs in a time of 3 years. But after marriage, the girl was harassed by her mil, sil and husband. The parents got an info from the groom some months back that their daughter had met with an accident and was in the hospital.They have rushed to US then and say that she was completely bruised physically and was in a comatose stage. When she regained consciousness, she told that she was pushed out from a moving car by those people. She was brought back to Chennai in a special Ambulance air craft. She seems to be dazed and shows the V sign to the camera. And she is 7 months pregnant. It is very pitiable that she had been treated like this in a foreign country, where she could not even get any help.Her husband and in laws should be punished, there is no doubt about this. But I have a question - why do people proceed with a marriage alliance when the groom's side demand money and gold and other things? They could have said NO then and looked for other alliance. One can know about greedy people when one meets a person , iisn't it? And why this craze for grooms working abroad? And many people do not reveal about a possible alliance among friends and family in the fear that it may not materialise or someone might snatch the 'catch' from them. They fix the marriage in a hurry and do not enquire enough about the family and the boy. Why are we still greedy for the wealth of others? Can't the groom and the bride build a home together, rather than getting everything from the girl's father? The educated and modern girls should put their foot down when such alliances are brought.If a well educated girl says that she could earn well and help for the family, that is best.Taking everything from the girl's parents should be considered a shameful practice, the boy is literally bought for the girl. Most of the parents only see the financial aspect mainly, both girls' and boys'. And everyone aspires for an alliance which is more rich and well to do that themselves - is money the only thing that matters in life? Please do post your comments. I am much disturbed by the news and could not contain myself.