Dowry is the money or property that is given by the bride to her husband when they get married. In India, the custom of asking for dowry is prohibited under the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1962. However, this does not affect the practice of asking for dowry at all. People in our country still practice the dowry culture. In 2015, people still said things like ” MBA Kar lo beta, dahej double ho jaayega.”
“Before the engagement, they had said they “only wanted me.” Post the engagement; they demanded 50 sovereigns of gold and 5 lakh rupees.”
Following is the post that she had uploaded on Facebook:
“This is for all those who ask me about my wedding date. The family, which earlier said they wanted only me, demanded 50 sovereigns of gold and 5 lakh rupees after the engagement. I am against the practice of dowry, and I believe that buying such an unreliable man and his family at such a big sum is a loss. Hence, I am calling off the wedding. Thanks”
This action that she took has been called a bold move by many. She has been praised for her courage to break off the engagement in such a manner.
A few days after her post went viral, Remya posted another message thanking everyone for their support. She said that what she had done should be taken as an example to take action against the incorrect social norms in society.
What Remya has done should be an example for every other woman in the country. Love and respect cannot be bought, and no one should ever have to pay anything to get married. As Remya said:
“Buying such an unreliable man and his family at such a big sum is a loss.”
So all the ladies out there, if any man and his family ever ask you to pay something in exchange for marriage, run! He’s definitely not worth it. Have the courage to stand up for yourself and know that you deserve better, way better.