Thiruvananthapuram: Women’s Commission chairperson M C Josephine said that religious organisations should raise their voice against the custom of dowry. She was speaking to mediapersons after the mega adalat on Tuesday at the state capital. Recently, NSS had come up against expensive marriages and this was a good beginning. In the existing custom, money, gold and property given as dowry to a girl is not considered to be hers. Instead, the in-laws use the dowry to construct house and repay debts. Many cases were registered with the commission in this regard.
The mentality of the public regarding dowry has to change. If necessary, a law has to be made to keep the dowry with the woman only. Women organisations should take initiative to form the law, added the chairperson.
The commission got a petition that the dowry of a Thiruvananthapuram native woman who lived at her husband’s house only for 41 days was used for construction of a house by in-laws. The woman was later thrown out of the house. In the complaint filed by the woman, the commission had summoned the in-laws and took statements.
Believing that the commission would take action only in favour of women, the number of fake complaints by women are also increasing. This trend is unacceptable, said Josephine.
Considering the rising number of cases from Thiruvananthapuram district, the commission has decided to organise mega adalat three days every month. 100 cases were taken up for consideration in the last adalat. And the adalat will continue on Wednesday too.