Remya Ramachandran, a brave woman from Thrissur in Kerala, made an unusual announcement about calling off her marriage through Facebook. The reason, behind this cancellation, was the demand for dowry from her fiancé’s family, which started right after the engagement. The groom demanded money (Rs 5 lakh) and gold (50 sovereigns) as dowry
Remya posted confessions on her Facebook page in her local language.
Friends, here is an announcement for people who are asking me about my marriage date. The family, who used to say, that they needed just me, before the engagement, is now demanding Rs 5 lakh and 50 sovereigns of gold. Since I’m completely against of dowry and believe it will be a tremendous loss to buy a greedy family that cannot keep their word, so, I have decided to cancel this marriage. Thank you.
Remya in another post thanked people for their positive support. She added “I would like to explain that it was my declaration of a decision. I never had the intention to hurt anyone specifically. Please don’t use my post for personalized humiliation, instead use it against our social norms. People are ignorant for their own convenience and profit”.
Her courageous step is a lesson for all those who demand and give dowry. In India, dowry is strictly prohibited by law under the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1962, and is a punishable offence. We need bolder woman like Remya, to remove the root cause of the system “Dowry” and expose such evil people.