AIMPLB to start anti-dowry campaign

Last Updated: Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 18:51

Lucknow: Concerned with the increasing
practice of demanding dowry among Muslims in past some years,
the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has decided
to launch a nation-wide campaign against it soon.

"The AIMLPB has decided to persuade community members
not to demand dowry in marriages and they will be made aware
that it is a social evil," board member Zafaryab Jilani said.

During the board`s meeting last month, its members
expressed concern over increasing practice of dowry among
community members in pat 5-6 years.

"There is no provision for taking dowry. There is only
one provision for (taking) meher, which the groom side
promises to pay the girl," a board member said.

Though the board has noticed this trend among the
community, they do not have any specific data yet.

Jilani said that as a part of the anti-dowry campaign,
the board members along with other influential people of the
society and local residents will visit houses where marriages
were scheduled.

"Parents of the groom will be persuaded not to demand
dowry," he said.

Giving gifts to the bride is considered to be "Sunnat"
and justified, but there should not be any demand or pressure
from the groom side. But the bride`s family should not offer
gifts beyond their financial capacity, he added.

He said the board has been making effort since long to
dissuade Muslims from taking dowry. "But this will be the
first time when board will be launching such a campaign to
dissuade community members directly," Jilani said.

He said that there was a proposal that the board
members should boycott marriages where dowry was given or
accepted.

"Some members agreed with the proposal, but then it
was thought that boycotting such functions was not a solution
to the problem," he added.

The ALMPLB member said besides creating awareness against
dowry, the board will also persuade people not to get involve
in pomp and show during marriages.

"People will be told not to make extravagant expenses
in marriages, made with the sole purpose to show-off to
others," he said.

The board will persuade people to organise marriages
in the Mosque so as to avoid unnecessary expenditure.

"The Groom side can organise "waliam" (reception), but
from their own sources and it should not be passed on the
bride`s side," he added.

The purpose behind the exercise is that girls hailing
from weaker section could also get married easily.

Jilani said the board will also be issuing a detailed
guideline on these issues.

There was also a proposal that "Qazi or Imam" should not
perform marriages in functions where dowry was taken or
unnecessary expenses were made, but the proposal was found to
be impractical.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 18:51

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