Sunday, February 12, 2012

Community Wedding - Requests Financial Support

Dear Brother/Sisters,

Greeting from our Central Council in the name of Blessed Frederic Ozanam

The practice of dowry abuse is rising in India . The most severe in “bride burning”, the burning of women whose dowries were not considered sufficient by their husband or in-laws. Most of these incidents are reported as accidental burns in the kitchen or are disguised as suicide. It is evident that there exist deep rooted prejudices against women in India. Cultural practices such as the payment of dowry tend to subordinate women in Indian society.
Though prohibited by law in 1961, the extraction of DOWRY from the bride’s family prior to marriage still occurs. When the dowry amount is not considered sufficient or is not forthcoming, the bride is often harassed, abused and made miserable. This abuse can escalate to the point where the husband or his family burn the bride, often by pouring kerosene on her and lighting it, usually killing her. The number of dowry murders is increasing.

Every year lots of women were killed in dowry related incidents. The lack of official registration of this crime is apparent in every nook and corner of the country, where ninety percent of cases of women burnt were recorded as accidents, five percent as suicide and only the remaining five percent were shown as murder. The girl is never enough, even though she leaves behind her family, home, lifestyle and everything she may have ever known to go live with a stranger. The material wealth and status symbol our culture links with weddings, which is meant to be the communion between two people, is not only shocking but disgusting. The people of the coastal area are deprived with basic hazard of dowry system.

Our society fight against these system (dowry) at the root cause level and conducted a community wedding at St. Joseph’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Palayam were three couples got married in last August, which the expense of the marriage meet by the well-wisher’s of SSVP Central Council, Thiruvananthapuram. In these circumstances we are focusing to eradicate this menace (Dowry) from our society and arranging 75 (Seventy Five) wedding to be conducting without dowry. Central Council is finding very difficult to pull on the routine activities due to financial stringency.

We are planning to conduct this marriage on February 12th 2012. Our Arch Bishop Most Rev. Dr. M. Soosapakiam is giving us full support for this purpose. We request you to support us with financial assistance for the purpose of the community wedding.

We are including our Bank Account No. 32044810053, State Bank of India , Valiathura Branch, Trivandrum .

Your Fraternally,
Bro. Don Bosco
Trivandrum Central Council

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