Saturday, January 20, 2007

Poverty: unable to pay dowry: Girls attempts suicide

Pandurna Chhindwara

Dowry still plays an important role in marriages; at least in Pandurna in Chhindwara district of Madhya Pradesh this seems to be the case. Inability to pay dowry as expected by boy’s parents lead her to attempt suicide. Her neighbours and other community members did help and manage to save her life. She stays with her brother and their parents are not alive anymore. Her brother was unable to pay money; in his absence she attempted suicide. Though state proclaims to be able to fight the menace of dowry and also proclaims to support marriages of eligible girls who are poor. Probably in this case this proclamation like in many cases does not appear to benefit poor.

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Anonymous said...

He CM of the state of MP today announced that government is committed to eliminating gender discrimination saying that a scheme in on cards under which a certain amount would be deposited in the bank accounts of the girls at the time of their births and on attaining the age of 21 years they would be given Rs. one lakh.