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Protesting Dowry in Bangladesh

Hello friends,

I just read this article on BBC.com, "Bangladesh bride disowns her 'dowry demanding' husband" (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15739640), and thought others here might be interested. I know dowry is technically illegal in India as well, but that 'gifts' are still commonly given from the bride's family to the groom and his family. I've also read much regarding violence and harassment surrounding dowry and how it can make daughters seem to be a 'burden' in the family. I'm wondering what you all in the India Cafe feel about the practice of dowry?

Rakiba on PulseWire who is from Bangladesh has also recently posted on this issue. (http://worldpulse.com/node/46811)

Thanks in advance for any light you can shed on this subject!

In partnership,

Emily

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Rita Banerji's picture

Dowry Is Only An Outcome

Hi Emily,

I run a campaign called The 50 Million Missing, an one of our projects is 'The War on Dowry.' http://genderbytes.wordpress.com/war-on-dowry/

However dowry is practiced by people of all classes and communities. And women who highly educated and earning, are forced to keep providing money for their husbands and in-laws, and ultimately still get killed. One of the cases my campaign is supporting is that of Anshu's. http://genderbytes.wordpress.com/2010/08/27/killed-45-days-after-her-wed...

This really is a psychological compulsion -- for women and their parents to keep giving money to people who are torturing you and will kill you. What's the logic here? There are 63 million more males than females in India. It is the women who should have the luxury of choice. But the compulsion is almost a deep rooted cultural one that is based on how genders are perceived.

Here's our campaign pledge against dowry that we are encouraging people to take http://genderbytes.wordpress.com/2011/03/03/take-the-%e2%80%98war-on-dow...

Rita Banerji
www.ritabanerji.com

Hi Rita,

Thank you so much for writing and posting these links. They show very clearly the connection between dowry, foeticide and infanticide. Reading Anshu's story has affected me deeply...and seeing the picture there of her in her wedding dress makes it hard to push her back in the mind as just another statistic. This is so terrible, and must be so painful for her family.... Thank you for the work you do, Rita, in campaigning against such misogyny and violence.

Best wishes,

Emily

Emily Garcia
World Pulse Online Community Lead

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