Dowry system has been prevalent in India since ages. In the Vedic age dowry was used as a means for attracting a good boy. During epic age dowry too was in practice though its concept had by then changed. At that time dowry was not claimed as a matter of right but was given at the will of parents. They gave dowry according to their will and their wealth. But now-a-days it has became an integral part of the marriage institution and is generally accepted as an evil by the society.
Many thinkers have tried to eradicate this system but all their efforts had gone in vain. This fashion of dowry has got to roof so much that today the birth of a female child is considered to be bad omen in the family. It befalls like a punishment of many thousands of rupees on the parents to whom a female body has taken birth. Thus it is the female who has been becoming the victim of the ill conceived social customs of the society. It is the poor section of the society which has to suffer most.
The priests who had trained these customs for their own benefit are the main cause. They think themselves the direct Angels of God. Their command was so firm that even the kings feared to disobey them in past. This dowry system which have its birth in times immemorial, present a 9 worry pictures of Indian society.
The poor does not find a suitable match to marry their daughter for want of money. The unmarried daughter at home becomes headache to parents and cause of all worries. Many instances has come into light that such girls usually suicide themselves or if married, family are burnt alive in one way or another. When we hear of such news, tears roll down our cheeks. To prevent this, equality among men and women must be established and the faulty should be punished.
Dowry system is a big challenge to the youth of the country. It is they, who have to struggle against this evil. They have to rise above this evil system to eradicate it. It is not their parents who have to marry, it is they who have to marry. They should not marry on dowry conditions. Instead they should marry a girl who does not bring any dowry with her. They should all unite to bring a revolutionary change in all kinds of bad customs in this society.