Friday, March 31, 2006

Call for tough laws on dowry fraud in India

BBC News:

Lawyers in India have called for tougher laws to tackle the problem of non-resident Indians (NRIs) marrying women in the country and then abandoning them when the traditional dowry is paid to him.

Many thousands of young women and their families have become victims of dowry fraud, with estimates that up to 15,000 women have been conned in the state of Punjab alone.

The fraudsters come from countries such as the UK, Canada and the US, and travel to India or Pakistan, where they get married, and then disappear once they've received the dowry traditionally provided by the bride's family.

They often leave the bride and her family not only financially out of pocket, but also emotionally scarred.

"There should be some justice," Daljit Kaur, a Punjab-based lawyer told the BBC World Service's Outlook programme.

"There should be extradition treaties, and there should be a strong law so that people can get justice."

Ms Kaur says there is no direct legal action that can be taken for the women duped in this way.

"Some of the NRIs feel this is the easiest way to get money," she said.

"They are coming every year from different countries, coming to Punjab and getting married here, and are getting the dowry in cash or jewellery, or other valuable things.

"Then they fly back, without giving the right number or address, and we are unable to trace them.

"In some cases we don't know which country they are in right now. They are ruining girls financially, socially, and emotionally."

She added that the fraudsters are "spoiling three generations - the girl, her parents, and the children out of wedlock."

"The girl is ruined in all dimensions. Financially, she has been spoiled; socially, she can't get remarried; and emotionally, she is ruined.

"I have many cases in which the boy or girl is five, seven, 10 years old, and they have never seen their father."

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2 Comments:

At 6:26 AM, Blogger Swarup said...

What is the grantee that if your marriage does not suceed and if
your wife say you had asked dowry, will any one belive and will not
send your age old parents, pregent sister behind the bar,
irrespective you want dowry or not ?

That is called 498A and DV act.

Secondly, would you please tell me :-

What is called "Dowry" and waht is called "Streedhan".

Next waht is called SOWRY?

Some people born as Blind and some People made blind by so called
Feminist, I wonder which one you are.

Yes when a Dishonest Daughter- in- law will rape some one's Mother,
sister or small child, we proudly say.. I don't want dowry , please
leave me, but Indian Law and society will not understand that, you
have not asked dowry….

 
At 1:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do not take a dowry. Get witnesses or wrtten statements that you have not taken dowry.

This site might help you: http://498a.org/

 

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