Mother of dowry victim urges Muslim men to condemn dowry


Days after the death of a married woman in Gujarat, her mother posted an emotional video message on social media urging Muslim men to reject dowry, a practice banned in Islam.

The video of the mother’s appeal was posted briefly on the Daily News Facebook page on March 4, 2021 however, before it was taken down. In it, the elderly woman demands that Muslim boys make ‘niqah’ simple and condemn the practice of demanding dowry from the girl’s family. 

The incident deals with the death by suicide of a young woman who jumped into the Sabarmati river after allegedly facing dowry related harassment from her in-laws. A video she made of herself just before she died by suicide went viral on social media.

The young woman’s husband was arrested on March 2 for abetment to suicide. Shortly after, Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi decried dowry stating that harassing a woman over the same is not a sign of manhood, reported the Times of India.

“No matter which religion you belong to, end this greed for dowry. Harassing your wife, beating her up for dowry or any financial transaction is not manhood. The family should be ashamed for forcing the girl to take the extreme step,” said Owaisi while addressing All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) cadre.

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