Meera’s in-laws claim she killed herself by jumping into an old well, while her family claims she was killed.
They were about the sexist and regressive idea we would be supporting.
Every social studies textbook I remember from my childhood contained this sentence: “Dowry is a social evil.” It was mentioned often alongside sati the practice where a widow self-immolates on her husband's funeral pyre as a sign of loyalty. It has been accepted as a barbaric practice that had to end. The subtext of “social evil” when it came to dowry is often “social necessity.” My sister and I went to the same school and had the same teachers, though five years apart.
Srini’s initial reaction was to offer “absolutely nothing” as dowry.
Our reservations have nothing to do with parting with such a large amount of money.