Friday, May 25, 2007


Social evils like dowry system, child abuse, drug abuse are
the main bane of the society. You, as a part of the society can
take steps to prevent them and make the society a better
place to live in. This chapter explains about the precautions
you have to take to prevent such crimes.

Dowry System

Many NGOs have started campaigns against dowry harassment and are keeping a close watch on reported offences. Though law has provided stringent measures to curb this menace, society and you as a member of the society can do a lot to prevent offences of harassment, dowry death, etc., by taking the following steps:

Start practising dowry prohibition in your family

Educate the members of your family with the provisions of law – that demanding and accepting or giving dowry is an offence

A woman is an important member of family and is entitled to all the rights and privileges a man enjoys

Educate the members of your family and your neighbours to respect a woman’s rights and privileges

If in any family there is a growing dispute between the in-laws and the lady, try to intervene to sort out the differences and educate them about the evils of dowry system. If they fail to listen to you, please inform the jurisdictional police and counselling centres

Provide support and shelter to the lady in distress. If you cannot, please contact the Women organisations who can provide support in such cases

Gather like-minded people who are fighting against this evil and gather public sympathy and support to ex-communicate the families where the evil persists

In case you have any suspicion of ill treatment of a lady in any house, immediately inform the local Police. Ladies in distress, generally avoid showing their resentment to ill-treatment till it reaches a dangerous point leading to their being burnt to death Encourage women folk to raise their voice about their rights and to fight against dowry syste.
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