Kerala CM Raises Voice Against Dowry, Says We Need To Stop Treating Women As ‘Commodities’

A terrible incident that occurred recently has sparked nationwide outrage. A 24-year-old woman, who worked as an Ayurveda Doctor, from the Sasthamkotta district in Kerala, died by suicide after allegedly being tortured for dowry by her husband.

According to Hindustan Times, a few days before her death, she had sent a series of messages to her family members containing photos of injuries she suffered post facing physical assault from her husband.

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The father had reportedly already given “100 sovereigns of gold”, a one-acre land, and a car worth Rs 10 lakh as dowry. However, the groom had insisted on being given Rs 10 lakh cash instead of the car, to which the father said it wasn’t possible.

As the issue is being spoken about widely on social media, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan took to Twitter to express how we need to “reform the prevailing marriage system”. He urged parents to not treat daughters as “commodities”.

He added that men must realise that women aren’t inferior and that parents must inculcate “progressive attitudes” in their children.

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He further urged women to raise their voice against domestic abuse without fearing what society will say.

CM Pinarayi Vijayan’s statements are the need of the hour. The more authoritative figures raise their voice against such social evils, the faster will they be eradicated.

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