Groom Stopped His Marriage After Finding “Old” Furniture In Dowry!!
Written by Dhiwaharan Published on Feb 21, 2023 | 17:11 PM IST | 159
Groom booked under relevant sections after stopping his marriage due to “old” furniture being included in dowry. On Monday, A wedding in Hyderabad was called off by the groom’s family after they reportedly found out that ‘old’ furniture had been given as dowry by the bride’s family, according to police reports. The bride’s father alleged that after all the preparations for the wedding ceremony were made, the groom’s family suddenly called it off. When he went to question them about their actions, the groom’s father reportedly misbehaved with him. Following the incident, the bride’s father approached the police, and a case was registered under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and The Dowry Prohibition Act, according to the Press Trust of India.
The groom, identified as Mohammad Zakariya, is a 25-year-old bus driver from Moulali, who was engaged to Heena Fatima, 22, and their wedding was scheduled to take place on Sunday. According to reports by the Hindustan Times, the bride’s parents had arranged a dinner before the wedding, but Zakariya did not turn up at the wedding venue. The bride’s father alleged that when he went to the groom’s house to question his family over the delay, they expressed dissatisfaction about the dowry articles and misbehaved with him.
Speaking to the media, the bride’s father said: “Today, my daughter’s wedding was supposed to happen. I had made all arrangements for the wedding, but the groom didn’t turn up. When I went to their house, his father misbehaved with me and abused me. His family made demands for certain dowry articles and said they didn’t want the things that we had offered.”
The Dowry Prohibition Act, passed in 1961, prohibits the giving and taking of dowry in India. The law was enacted to prevent the practice of dowry, which has been a part of Indian culture for centuries. Dowry is the money or property that a woman’s family is expected to give to the groom’s family at the time of marriage. Despite the law, the practice of dowry continues in many parts of India, leading to harassment, violence, and even death of brides who are unable to meet the demands of the groom’s family.
The bride’s father filed a complaint with the Chandrayangutta police, who registered a case under Sections 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and the relevant sections of The Dowry Prohibition Act. The police are investigating the matter and will take necessary action based on their findings.
The incident has once again brought to the forefront the issue of dowry in India. Despite the law prohibiting the practice, dowry continues to be a significant social problem in India, and incidents of dowry-related harassment and violence are reported regularly. While the government has taken various measures to curb the practice of dowry, including the setting up of dowry prohibition officers and special cells in police stations, the practice continues to persist due to various social and cultural factors.
The incident in Hyderabad highlights the need for greater awareness and education on the issue of dowry in India. It is essential to promote gender equality and empower women so that they are not seen as a burden on their families. The government and civil society organizations must work together to create a social environment where the practice of dowry is seen as unacceptable and outdated.
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