Nitish Kumar’s Fresh Appeal: Boycott Marriages Where Dowry Is Taken

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also stressed that it’s high time child marriages be completely stamped out from the state.

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday strongly criticised the practice of dowry and urged people to not attend wedding ceremonies where dowry is taken.

“Do not participate in a marriage ceremony where you have come to know that dowry has been taken,” Mr Kumar said addressing a function on the 126th birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar.

“We have to remove dowry system from our way,” he said.

The Chief Minister also stressed that it’s high time child marriages be completely stamped out.

He also said that malnutrition is among the chief reasons reasons behind child marriage.

Mr Kumar referred to how total prohibition in the state was ushering in a social revolution, particularly in the rural areas.

India accounts for a third of the world’s child brides and about half of Indian women get married before they turn 18, as per data from United Nations Population Fund.

According to the government data, around 25,000 women were either killed or committed suicide due to dowry harassment by their in-laws between 2012 and 2014.

An IndiaSpend analysis of the Census data showed that nearly 12 million Indian children were married before the age of 10 years–84 per cent of them Hindu and 11 per cent Muslim.

The Bihar government’s campaign plans to act as a deterrent to these prevailing social ills.

Mr Kumar also urged the people to make themselves literate in order to avail the rights provided to them by the Constitution.

The government had earlier launched schemes for the empowerment of women. The liquor ban, too, provided a big relief to women in the state – specially to rural women who had said that now their husbands contribute more in the house and the incidents of domestic violence also reduced remarkably.

With free distribution of bicycle, uniform and books, the government has also taken up several schemes to boost the literacy rate among girls.

(With inputs from PTI)