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By Dec 27, 2012 • The News Pages

Disturbing stories surface about accused "NEVER being involved in eve-teasing, smoking or drinking"; PM calls incident "shame" to the nation that conceptualized Sati practice

In a bizarre show of snobbery and blatant attack on our cultural values and traditions, a prospective bridegroom has said “no” to dowry. An FIR was filed in the Janakpuri police station in the capital last week by the victim who is a 32-year-old unmarried woman. The woman has been contemplating suicide after such a shameless refusal for dowry from the groom who might never become a groom again.

As said by a renowned English poet, “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”. The angry, courageous lady was not bogged down and dragged the un-Indian man to the police station. After hours of torture, he confessed to the crime: “Yes, I refused to take the dowry.” Within no time, the police station was seized by the public. Members of the ruling party, opposition parties and various moral brigadiers who don’t see eye-to-eye, were seen holding hands, hugging and giving speeches. They expressed solidarity with the victim, whose father had spent his entire life accumulating wealth for his daughter’s marriage.

The media came flocking and conducted interviews of the visibly shaken crowd. Several people reached India Gate to protest against the government’s inefficiency in stopping the decline in the dowry practice. “If the groom doesn’t take any dowry, what is the guarantee that he will keep the wife happy?” said one protestor. “Today it is her, tomorrow it could be me! Kudos to the lady for coming out in the open to protest against this ever-increasing Westernization of the society!”

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“If the groom doesn’t take any dowry, what is the guarantee that he will keep the wife happy?”

In a hastily-arranged address to the nation, the Prime Minister noted that he also had a wife and three daughters (he double-checked this data from the sheet of paper he was reading from), and so he understands the pain of the woman’s family. He said, “Today, we are shamed as the nation which pioneered the Sati concept in the world.”

The groom has been booked for outraging a woman’s financial modesty by refusing dowry, and for waging war against a nation that holds household disrespect to women sacrosanct.

Reportedly, the police said that initially, they were convinced that the girl was lying. They even asked her what sort of clothes she had been wearing when the man refused the dowry. They had also considered booking her for false allegations against a respectable boy who is not so respectable any more.

After hours of protests at India Gate, as the enthusiasm of public was fading, some well meaning local netas suggested effigy burning. In a rare display of patriotism equalled only by Kargil War, people gave away their clothes and an effigy was successfully burned and stamped upon.

Soon the parents of the groom, who were trying to flee the country, were produced at the police station and interrogated. The mother of the groom, crying inconsolably, declared, “This man cannot be my son! I had 5 daughters before him only so that I can have a son who can bring in a lot of dowry, and this is how he repays me! I have spent so much money on him, and made him a software engineer. How I dreamt of being a spiteful, mean, taunting mother-in-law all my life, and now it’s all over!”

The brother of the accused, meanwhile, is ready to pay for the sins of his brother, and has offered to marry “my brother ki dulhan” with all the dowry intact and more. However, the bride-to-be has tuned down the offer and is receiving marriage proposals from Dubai and Sudan. She is also rumoured to have got an offer to star in a new sitcom, “Dahej Bina Vadhoo… Aakhir Kyon?

As we write, the social media is abuzz with frantic activity on the topic. Relatives from the groom’s side including his psychiatrist have come out with theories for his unmanly actions. Some of the reasons which have come forth are: the guy could be gay, he might be already married, compulsive wife beater, disoriented aka “mad”. Disturbing stories have surfaced from the groom’s childhood where he was never mama’s boy, has always followed traffic rules, never eve-teased a girl or a guy for that matter, and has never been in a fight. Some claimed of never seeing him smoking or drinking too. This incident has brought forth the bigger issue that such behaviour should be identified in the beginning, and as widely agreed by doctors and our elders, the difference between boy and girl must be explained to boys early in life, so that men do not end up respecting women.

The incident is being discussed in the Parliament and the Opposition party members and the Speaker have threatened self-immolation, lest the “traitor” is not hanged. The matter has been handed over to the CBI and to ensure transparency, all the officials have provided affidavits confirming that they charged exorbitant dowries when they got married.

The foreign media has also reported this incident extensively and this has again fuelled the FDI debate and whether there is a foreign hand in the incident. However, no group has still taken responsibility of this attack on the “cultural and moral” values of India.

(inputs from Tanay Sukumar)

Related:
Bridegroom Fair: Greedy parents find ‘legal’ way to get dowry, as costly grooms go for sale in Delhi,
Matrimonial website starts competitive exam to choose life-partner; toppers get scholarships for dowry

2 Comments on this article. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Robin December 27, 2012 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    This is really an excellent commentary on the state of our society. Good job. Keep it up.

  2. Shagun Sinha December 27, 2012 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    Very well elaborated…wonderful :)

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