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Essay : Dowry System

Dowry System

↬ Dowry and Position of Women in Bangladesh

↬ Dowry System is a Social Curse / Beast


Introduction : Nowadays the horrible social aspect that holds the prominent talk in different dailies is the curse of dowry system. Many young married girls have become victims of it. Some newly married daughters are maltreated and tortured by their husbands for the cause of dowry. Dowry system originated in the society through feeling of inferiority for womanhood. It is really a shame that we are approaching a grim chapter of modern civilization. 

Prime cause behind women oppression : Dowry system has virtually turned women into inferior beings and commodities. Newly married young women are subjugated and humiliated by their husbands for the non-payment of deferred payment of dowry. In fact, it becomes a cancerous spot in the body of the society and social organizations are breaking down due to this animality. 

Socio-economic status of women in Bangladesh : Like other underdeveloped, feudal and backward societies the women folk of Bangladesh also remain at low graded life. The main reason is women’s feeble participation in the national economy. Actually, man’s financial ability and independence is inseparably related to any kind of prestige. The women of Bangladesh are not economically independent and they are dependent on the males for many reasons. Women of the two religions – Hindus and Muslims of Bangladesh are the victims of disparity in the hereditary laws. They suffer terribly from financial incapacity due to this discrepancy. Again male-dominated society where the clutches of so-called dowry system exists till now deprives women of their basic human rights and individuality. 

Remedial measures : To stop women oppression through dowry system is the prime job of all conscious people now. To tackle dowry system and women oppression application of law is very important. In our country, two laws are existing at present, such as Dowry Prohibition Act, 1980 and the Cruelty to Women Deterrent Punishment Ordinance, 1983. In these laws, there are strict provisions of punishment for handing and taking of dowries, women oppression and women trafficking. So impartial judicial measures are to be taking in all spheres. Besides, social campaign, protest and prevention programmes of different public and private organizations should be launched urgently against dowry system. The need for women education and employment of educated women should be stressed. After all, poverty alleviation and drive against ignorance and prejudices are the preconditions of fight against dowry system. 

Conclusion : To save women from the curse of dowry system is a burning issue. Women should be given due to right and social status by removing the inhuman convention of dowry. For this man and woman of all walks of life along with women, movement should come forward. So long as the very social disease like dowry system is not abolished, our women will not enjoy due feminine rights. Anti-dowry campaign should be started and people should be made aware of the evils of dowry.


Same composition collected from another book


Nowadays, the horrible social aspect that holds the prominent (প্রকট) talk in different dailies is the curse of dowry system. Many young married girls have become victims of it. Some newly married daughters are maltreated (দুর্ব্যবহার করা) and tortured by their husbands for the cause of dowry. Dowry system originated in the society through felling of inferiority for womanhood. It is really a shame that we are approaching a grim chapter of modern civilization. 

Dowry system has virtually turned women into inferior beings and commodities. Newly married young women are subjugated (বশ্যতা স্বীকারে বাধ্য করা) and humiliated by their husbands for the non-payment or deferred payment of dowry. In fact, it becomes a cancerous spot in the body of the society and social organizations are breaking down due to this animality. 

Like other underdeveloped, feudal backward societies the womenfolk of Bangladesh also remain at low graded life. The main reason is women’s feeble (দুর্বল) participation in the national economy. Actually, man’s financial ability and independence is inseparably related to any kind of prestige. The women of Bangladesh are not economically independent and they are dependent on the males for many reasons. Women of the two religions-Hindus and Muslims of Bangladesh are the victims of disparity (বৈষম্য/অসমতা) in the hereditary laws. They suffer terribly from financial incapacity due to this discrepancy. Again male-dominated society where the clutches of so-called dowry system exists till now deprives women of their basic human rights and individuality. 

To stop women oppression through dowry system is the prime job of all conscious people now. To tackle dowry system and women oppression application of law is very important. In our country, two laws are existing at present, such as : Dowry Prohibition Act, 1980 and the Cruelty (নির্মম) to Women Deterrent Punishment Ordinance, 1983. In these laws, there are strict provisions of punishment for handing and taking of dowries, women oppression and women trafficking. So, impartial judicial measures are to be taken in all spheres. Besides, social campaign, protest and prevention programmes of different public and private organizations should be launched urgently against dowry system. The need for women education and employment of educated women should be stressed. After all, poverty alleviation (লাঘব করা) and drive against ignorance and prejudices are the preconditions of fight against dowry system. 

To save women from the curse of dowry system is a burning issue. Women should be given due to right and social status by removing the inhuman convention () of dowry. For this man and woman of all walks of life along with women movement should come forward. So, long as the very social disease like dowry system is not abolished, our women will not enjoy due feminine rights. Anti-dowry campaign should be started and people should be made aware of the evils of dowry.


আরো দেখুন :
রচনা : পণপ্রথা / যৌতুক প্রথা একটি জাতীয় সমস্যা
ভাবসম্প্রসারণ : যৌতুক প্রথা এক সামাজিক ব্যাধি

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