Dowry is an overburdening curse that has taken over our society. Since so many families endorse this culture, it has become one major problem that people are not ready to talk about. A lot of girls are murdered by their in-laws over jahez and a lot of families are black-mailed and forced to give jahez by the groom’s family. The deaths caused over such issues are raised to 2000 per year.
#Stopjahezkhori is a trend that has shaken up the internet with a term Jahezkhori to express displeasure at the imprudent demand placed by the groom’s family.
Celebrities and influences in collaboration UN Women Pakistan, have come forward to put the word out and aware people how pathetic and selfish this act is and has spoiled the lives of millions of girls.
A 25-year-old woman died by ruthless act of forced acid consumption. As her in-laws forced her to swallow acid solely due to the reason that she failed to arrange a sizeable amount of dowry in her marriage.
Adnan Siddiqui posted, “Dowry is denied vehemently but it’s a practice that is still prevalent in today’s society. It’s like a continuous fire that has engulfed the lives of so many women and families across the globe and continues to do so. Women are making waves in every field then why are they still crushed to this day in the name of dowry? It’s important to educate today’s youth and curb this practice. Let’s fight for this cause and take a pledge that we will say no to dowry.”
Ayesha Omer posted, “This wedding season, take a stand for something.”
A 22-year-old girl was killed in Gujranwala, over not bringing a bike for her husband as part of dowry.
Ali Rehman Khan wrote, “Jab rishwat lene walay ko RISHWATKHOR kehte hain, to jahez lene walay ko JAHEZKHOR kyun nahi?
Jahez is embedded in our society in all classes, we need to stop malpractice.I stand against dowry!Jahezkhori band karo!.”
Tapu Javeri said, “Let’s end the curse of Jahezkhori #StopJahezkhori #UNWomenPakistan.”
Ushna Shah posted, “Real men don’t demand dowry, they can take care of themselves!. Time to put a stop to this evil #StopJahezkhori #UNWomenPakistan.”
A man shot dead his former fiancé and nine of her relatives over a dowry dispute. The family had refused the demand of the man’s father for a residential plot in the dowry settlement.
Some people trolled and lashed back at this campaign too, proving how deep this practice is ingrained in our society’s roots.
Pakistan has the highest reported number of dowry deaths per 100,000 women in the world. As a literate citizen, it’s our responsibility to condemn this imprudent act of Jahez Khori, it is a social evil that affects every socio-economic group.
To find out more about this campaign visit UN Women Pakistan’s Twitter page.