DOWRY- THE BASIS OF GENDER DISCRIMINATION

Mohammed Shafeer K. P.
Assistant Professor, Department of English.
KMCT Group of Educational Institutions, Malappuram, Kerala, India


Abstract

Never can we find a religion or a belief which advocates or supports dowry. But the system prevails in the society with all its manifestations. The main component which discriminates men from women is the dowry system. Irrespective of the religious, economic and political status, the society voluntarily or involuntarily follows the evil. Dowry plays a major role in distracting parents from educating the girls. Female infanticide is a serious issue in Kerala. Dowry is the key factor which is behind this cruel act. The number of crimes and suicides in the name of dowry are increasing in the state. Men are considered as the sources of income and women are treated as they are the reason for the expenditure. Even the birth of child makes the parents and the family members gloom. The evil which makes the gap between men and women must be eradicated from the society. Political leaders, religious apostles and social activists must come forward for the eradication of the mishap. Since most of the marriages in Kerala are religious rituals, the religious leaders can play the crucial role. The gap between men and women can be wiped out with the eradication of dowry. Then only we can dream a bright and splendorous future for Kerala. Through this research article, it is an attempt to discus Dowry as the basis of Gender Discrimination.

Key words: dowry, gender discrimination, social evil

1.   Introduction

The evolution of social evils in the society is a matter of puzzle for the thinkers and social activists. The development of these evils, rooting in the well manured society, spreads its venomous foliage, which affects everyone who comes in contact with. It is very tough to uproot the social evils from the society, which had spread its roots in the hands and minds of the people. Those who gain from the evils protests against the flow and the victims remain, being unable to protest, as they are trapped. The tireless struggle of activists and reformers accomplished as the social evils like Sati and caste system diminished from the society. Thanks to the great reformers like Ram Mohan Roy and EMS.

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