Kerala: After dowry demand woman cancels wedding, posts reason on Facebook

Kerala: After dowry demand woman cancels wedding, posts reason on Facebook

By: || Updated: 09 Dec 2015 06:47 AM
Thrissur: Asking for dowry is strictly prohibited by law under the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1962, in India and is a punishable offence, but it is still very much prevalent.

One of the reasons being many Indian families gives dowry to grooms for fear of not finding a match for their daughter. Some also consider not giving dowry as social shame.

But a woman in Thrissur, Kerala, has done unexpectable. Remya Ramachandran canceled her wedding after the groom demanded money and gold as dowry and also posted the confession on her Facebook page.

She wrote:

Here is an announcement for people asking me about my marriage. The man, who used to say, before the engagement, that he needed just me, is now demanding Rs 5 lakh and 50 sovereigns of gold. Since I'm completely not in favour of dowry and believe it will be a losing proposition to buy into a family that cannot keep its word, I have decided to cancel this alliance. Thank you.

Her bold step has comes as a lesson for all those who give in to the demand of dowry. Ramachandran’s courageous step, her belief in her principles and the guts with which she spoke about it on a social and public platform has rightfully solicited positive responses from many.

Despite being written in a local dialect, the post went viral on social media and garnered massive support and many shares. She even thanked people later. “I would like to explain that it was my declaration of a decision. Never had the intention to hurt anyone specifically. Please don’t use my post for personalized humiliation, instead use it against our social norms,” wrote Ramachandran.

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