Slapped on the face, punched in the stomach, burnt with cigarettes, burnt with iron, poisoned, electrocuted and burnt to death. These are just very few ways that daughters-in-law are tortured and murdered for dowry.
Many parents pray that a daughter is not born to them. If she is, the father starts saving right from the time of her birth to pay for dowry when she is of marriageable age. When she does get married, she is tortured to bring more and more dowry, until eventually, she is killed.
Most die from third degree burns after they are set on fire in the kitchen. Imagine what the mother goes through who raised her daughter with utmost love and care. Imagine what the father goes through who spent all his life earning to see her daughter get married and live a happy life. All this love and sacrifice only to see their daughter tortured to death.
When I read about a woman who was killed because she brought a Maruti in dowry while her husband thought that she should have brought a more expensive car, I thought I had read about the most pathetic dowry death ever. But then, I came across an even more bizarre case. A woman was harassed and forced to commit suicide even after her husband and in-laws had been “gifted” an 11 lac Hyundai. If a woman is going to get harassed to death for bringing an 11 lac car in dowry, then what on earth is she supposed to bring. Diamonds worth crores?
Women are partly responsible for their misery because they don’t speak up. Their silence is what encourages coward husbands and in-laws to continue torturing them. A woman’s parents continuously fulfilling dowry demands is the worst thing that they can do. They are not doing anyone a favor, least of all their daughter.