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Thursday, March 06, 2008

All Things Pakistani: The menace of dowry

A good exposition on the cultural practice of dowry in Pakistan. Reminds me of a contention by Sh. Abdul Hakim Murad: "Marriage: pay and display? Or the primacy of privacy?".

I wonder what the historic roots of dowry in India are? Anyways do read this article:

Among the many things that need to be revamped in the mainstream Pakistani society dowry would probably be one of the major ones. Sure no harm in giving the bride gifts on her wedding for her home and personal use but with the growing number of girls start staying unmarried simply because the parents don’t have the money to meet the ‘demands’ of the groom’s family, then it is a quandary that needs to be looked into. READ ON

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