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The menace of dowry... By Shehzeen

04 November, 2013

The dowry system is an ancient evil that still exists in Pakistan. Some people relate it to the tradition by the Holy Prophet (PBUH) who gave some items to his daughter Fatima shortly after her marriage with Hazrat Ali. The sole purpose of giving these items was that Hazrat Ali did not have much to start a life with. The custom first started in the Vaishya community of Hindu society but later all other communities adopted this practice to give deprived daughters a part of the father's wealth. This became a part of Muslim societies as well.

Nowadays, it has become a demand from grooms' parents. They give the parents of the bride a complete list of items, which must be presented before the marriage can take place. Having traits such as beauty, a fair complexion, slim figure, a good background, education and culinary skills are not enough. Most girls cannot get married because of this evil tradition. We, as Muslims, should follow the footsteps of our Holy Prophet (PBUH) and wed our daughters simply. I request the government to enforce strong legislative measures to fight this evil, so that every man can wed his daughter and no girl is left unmarried because her parents cannot afford the dowry.

SHEHZEEN ASIM
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