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Demanding dowry ‘forbidden in Islam’, violence ‘not masculinity’: Indian Muslim chief

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  • All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief says there’s “no masculinity” in males subjecting girls to violence.
  • AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi notes that demanding dowry “is forbidden in Islam”.
  • Owaisi’s feedback come days after a younger girl in Ahmedabad died of suicide over her husband’s strain to carry dowry.

NEW DELHI: Demanding dowry “is forbidden in Islam”, an Indian Muslim chief stated Friday, days after a younger girl in the Gujarat state’s largest metropolis, Ahmedabad, died of suicide over her husband’s strain to carry dowry and violence she confronted at his palms.

Asaduddin Owaisi, one of many two brothers main the Hyderabad-based All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), underscored that males subjecting girls, particularly their wives, to violence is “not equivalent to masculinity”.

“Harassing and beating your wife … demanding dowry is forbidden in Islam. Torturing wife, asking her for money or any financial transaction is not masculinity,” Owaisi asserted. “The family should be ashamed for forcing the girl to take the extreme step.

“Regardless of which faith you belong to, finish this greed for dowry. What number of extra girls must undergo? What sort of males are these that kill girls?

“Is humanity dead among people? There are so many men who torture women, physically assault them, seek dowry and yet pretend to be an angel in the outside world,” the AIMIM president stated.

On February 25, Ayesha Bano, a 23-year-old girl, had died of suicide by leaping right into a river over alleged dowry harassment from her husband, Arif Khan, who was subsequently arrested.

Previous to that, Indian Categorical had reported that 25-year-old Rashika Agarwal had fallen to her loss of life at her in-laws’ place in Kolkata allegedly attributable to torture by her husband, whom she had wedded a yr in the past and who reportedly took INR70 million as dowry.

Dowries — corresponding to homes, jewelry, garments, automobiles, and cash — are historically given by the bride’s household to the groom and his mother and father to make sure she is taken care of in her new dwelling. Regardless of being banned, the customized continues to be extensively practised, with the husband’s household generally demanding much more cash after marriage. In some instances, girls have additionally been killed after they failed to present the demanded dowry.

In an earlier report, the United Nations had stated “honour” killings, “dowry deaths,” and the lynching of ladies branded as witches persevered in India partly attributable to such practices being socially sanctioned and with police usually not even treating such murders as crimes.

Making certain “certainty of conviction and some form of consequence” was extra necessary than growing punishment, stated Christof Heyns, the then-special rapporteur on abstract or arbitrary executions on the UN. 

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