75 paisa damages for broken engagement

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75 paisa damages for broken engagement


COLUMNS / This Still Happens in India   /   Apr 15, 2015
karuna Gupta
karuna Gupta
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Chandigarh: A community panchayat in Haryana on Monday fined 75 paise to a groom for annulling his engagement nine days before the wedding.

The panchayat in Fatehabad gave this judgement after both the parties approached it for compromise.

The man was asked to pay the penalty at the local gaushala (cow shelter).

Both the sides decided not to pursue the case further.

According to the police, Mansi, from Ratna township in Fatehabad district, was engaged to Sanjeev Kumar, a resident of Mansa district of Punjab. April 22 was fixed as the wedding date.

The woman’s uncle, Naresh Sharma said on Tuesday that after they had made all the arrangements for the wedding and distributed the invitation cards, the man’s family sought a car and other items in dowry. When the woman’s family failed to meet these demands they cancelled the engagement. The man’s family has, however, denied the allegations.

This is a curse in India. Dowry is the cause of many marriages breaking up, female foeticide and infanticide. It is one of the causes why parents prefer a boy child. It is high time that stern action is taken against those who demand dowry.

Nobody can understand the feelings of the girl whose engagement has been broken as well as the parents whose respect has been hurt. Who is going to pay for the preparations which the girl’s family had done? Further, in Indian society there is so much stigma attached with the girl whose engagement has been broken.

Nobody will blame the boy, but the girl.


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