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Friday, March 12, 2010

The Girl Rubbed Her Sindoor, Revolts Against Dowry

By SHUBHAJIT Chakraborty

Durgapur, March 12 – In an exemplary example, a village girl denied her marriage and stormed out of her wedding venue, rubbing off her sindoor on her head and revolted against groom’s family who demanded a huge dowry.
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Later on, the groom Sanjoy, the owner of car rental agency, was garlanded with shoes by villagers and kept in a temple along with his sister and two relatives late tonight. The angry villagers demanded to return the Rs. 1.85 lakh that groom’s family took as a dowry from girl’s family. The marriage was not registered in court and just considered as a social marriage.

Lichuram Bagdi, the groom’s father demanded Rs. 2 Lakh in cash apart from jewellery and furniture. The bride’s father was a local small time farmer who sold some part of his land to fulfill the demand. There was only 15,000 left to be paid.

“As soon as I told Lichuram I had not been able to raise the Rs 15,000, he threatened to leave. I promised to pay him in a few months and begged him with folded hands to step inside,” the girl’s father said.

Soon the matter turned ugly and barjatris (groom’s family) started humiliating bride’s family.

“They threw away the cups when offered tea and called us a family of beggars. When they sat down to dinner, they flung away the sal-leaf plates and claimed the luchis had not been fried in ghee.” Girl’s father said.

The girl who was Madhyamik passed, soon learnt the reason behind her father worry and the moment she rubbed off her sindoor.

“I don’t accept this marriage,” she told the groom. “I’m against dowry anyway. How can you be so mean? If I go to your house, you people may even murder me. I will not go to your house.”

“Nowadays,” she added, “it is not absolutely necessary for a woman to get married.”

As the villager were getting angrier, the Lichuram and other flew from scene but unfortunately Sanjoy and three others couldn’t catch the bus and surrounded by villagers.

“We were furious when the boy’s father and relatives kept insulting the girl’s family…. When she herself protested, we could not control ourselves,” said villager Dulu Bagdi.

Some people informed the police but the personnel were outnumbered when they arrived around 5am.

Panchayat pradhan Shanti Banerjee asked Lichuram that if he wanted to free his son, he must first return the money first.

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