20 October, 2020

Doury Dowry

Those experienced in fighting for rights won't find many surprises in the book.

Doury Dowry
A personal narration of the heady days of feminism from the ’70s to the ’90s could have more aptly been titled Curse of a Daughter. Butalia, with her experiences and work on dowry, takes us through the Indian courts, law, systems of justice, police, customs and traditions: all corrupt and incompetent when it comes to justice for women.

She narrates how she and other women came together to demonstrate, console, relieve and change the lives of women by advocating against dowry. Butalia concludes, "Nowhere in marriage is a woman considered a human being with feelings, needs and desires."

She shares her personal experiences in marriage, where she suffered for not bringing dowry. She cites instances in her family and outside to tell us of Hardeeps, Shashibalas, Tarvinders, Kanchans, Neelams, Shakuntalas: all women burned to death for not bringing enough dowry.

Butalia participated in, and was instrumental in setting up, various ngos to raise awareness about the evils of dowry, to lobby for changes in laws, to campaign against dowry deaths and demand that offenders...



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