“Denigration of women has ruined our society”, said Kandukuri Veeresalingam, a social activist from AP of India. These words, though said decades ago, can be rightly used today too. In the age where women are said to rock the world, where gender discrimination finds no place in text, the attacks of all kinds–right from verbal abuse to assaults–on women are still prevailing in the society. The otherday I came across a headline that went like this ‘her dream didn’t even last for three months’. That was a story about a woman, who had fallen prey to the scial evil
Why the hell women should be associated with money? A question for which I get no answer. Right from Kanyashulkam (in Telugu), the tradition of taking money for the groom for marrying off the kid, to today’s dowry, giving money for marrying off the daughter, it is woman who has been falling prey for ages together. Thanks to great personalities, like Rajaram Mohan Roy, Eeshwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Kandukuri Veeresalingam and many others in India, who tried their best to uproot these social evils. However, it is hightime everyone should wake the social activists in them and try to atleast delink women with money.
Spreading its ill wings across the globe, dowry–worst of all social evils–is trying to trap innocent faces with help of people, who wear gentleman masks. People taking dowry should be hanged to death in public. Until and unless such stringent laws don’t come up, people treat dowry as a part and parcel of so called customs.
What should be done to eventually kill this evil?
Schools should teach that dowry is worst of all social evils and the biggest crime. The people, who teach such things should personally follow them. This would be the first step for bringing out best citizens of tomorrow. The second step, as said earlier, is hanging the people, who are found guilty of dowry and bride burning.
(Note: Issued in the interest of the public)
Source: Kandukuri Veeresalingam, Vivaaha