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Burden of Dowry System

link between a black law and increase in lawlessness. It is clear that at every step the executive has tried to enlarge its area of authority at the expense of the people. Whatever system of institutional checks and balances that once existed has eroded over the years. For such a vast multi-national country, democratic governance alone can provide people access ON August 5, 1995 three sisters living in Kanpur 24-year-old Neelam, 22-year-old Binaand 18-year-old Arti tried to commit suicide. All of them were rushed to hospital where two of them were declared dead. These three sisters were the daughters of a widow Vidyawati and had an only brother Anant who worked as a peon in the education department. Both the mother and son had been desperately trying to arrange the marriage of the eldest girl in the family. At one place there was a good deal of hope but the negotiations had been broken when the demand for dowry was found to be beyond the capacity of this family. This had apparently set the three girls thinking about how their brother would be able to arrange their marriages. It is an indication of (he burden of the dowry system on our society that the only solution that occurred to them in their desperate state was to take their own life.

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