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Dowry violence, no more. | by Ata pata
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Dowry violence, no more.

Humanity. Why only seen on wall?

Our hearts and minds, are they too small?

Human,the most intelligent of all.

Why cant they justify and constantly fall?


Dowry-related violence is a common feature in Bangladesh affecting the lives of many women. Other than specific acts of violence, such as killings, torture, the throwing of acid and the like, dowry demands affect the lives of women socially and culturally in a much deeper manner. Fundamentally, they undermine the equality of women and create culturally accepted forms of discrimination against them. They can affect the life of a girl from the very start. Preference for boys often begins with the parental realization that the burden of finding dowries falls on them as soon as the child is born. Thus, the devaluation of a child takes place in culturally subtle forms from the very beginning. This continues throughout their early years and up to the time of marriage.


There have been some laws enacted to control such violence against women, such as the Acid Control Act and the Dowry Prohibition Act. However, the level of violence, which continues unabated, demonstrates that such laws do not have the capacity to bring this situation to an end. While such laws are passed under pressure from women's groups and international lobbies, the state often fails to put in place implementation mechanisms to enforce such laws. Within the law enforcement agencies, deep-seated prejudices regarding the giving of dowries and the predominance of male over female is entrenched. The government of Bangladesh issued appeals to all heads of public and private universities and the Education Board to wage war against the practice of dowries in the country. However, there does not appear to be a strong social movement to eliminate this practice.


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Taken on February 7, 2012