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75-year-old Satyavati Devi files plea for return of dowry
Indian women seem to have risen from their long years of slumber and learned to fight for their rights. In one such interesting case, 75-year-old Satyavati Devi is seeking assistance of the judiciary to help get back her dowry.
SATYAVATI FROM Nalanda district of Bihar has filed an appeal at the District Magistrate office to help her get back Rs. 7,000, 220 gm of gold and other expensive items that her father gave to her in-laws at the time of her marriage. Satyavati told District Magistrate Sanjay Agrawal that she was married to Jitendra Singh at the age of 15. After the death of her husband almost a decade ago, her brother in law and other family members forcibly took possession of her property. She had been living in poverty ever since.
This was just the beginning of her sorrows, as she soon lost her son because of improper medical care. Now she lives with her other son and his family. Satyavati informed the magistrate that her son was physically unfit and that they had no source of income. She added that she wanted her dowry back with interest so that she could look after her family.
“My financial condition is very poor, I along with my son and his family are struggling for survival. In view of this, I urge you to help me get back my dowry money with interest,” Satyavati told the magistrate as quoted by IANS. The plea has been forwarded to family helpline and other officials.
Although dowry is banned in the country under Indian Civil Law, people still follow the tradition with Chennai in the top postition. In 2006, a total of 32 such cases were registered in the state, rising to 43 in 2007, 53 in 2008 and 39 in 2009. Overall, 7,026 dowry death cases were registered in the country in 2004, 6,787 in 2005 and 7,618 in 2006.
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