Rajasthan bride promotes girl education, demands girls hostel instead of Rs 75 lakh dowry

The dowry system in India refers to the durable goods, cash, and real or movable property that the bride’s family gives to the groom, his parents and his relatives as a condition of the “Marriage”

Dowry is essentially in the nature of a payment in cash or some kind of gifts given to the groom’s family along with the bride and includes cash, jewellery, electrical appliances, furniture, bedding, crockery, utensils, vehicles and other household items that help the newlyweds set up their home.

In a bid to promote girl child education, a bride in Rajasthan requested his father that the amount set aside for her dowry be used for the construction of a girls’ hostel.

Anjali Kanwar, the daughter of Kishore Singh Kanod in Barmer city, married Praveen Singh on November 21. Dainik Bhaskar reports, Anjali approached her father before the wedding and told him that the money set aside for her dowry should instead go towards the construction of a girls’ hostel.

Later, Kishore Singh Kanod agreed and donated Rs 75 lakh for the construction.

A clipping of the news article was shared on Twitter by Tribhuwan Singh Rathore, the Rawat of Barmer.

Anjali approached Mahant Pratap Puri, who is the current head of Taratara Math, after the wedding rituals were completed and expressed her wish in a letter, which he read out to the guests. Her father presented Anjali with a blank cheque, asking her to fill in the desired amount, the report further read.

According to reports, it was noted that Mr Kanod had already announced a grant of Rs 1 crore for the construction of a hostel on NH68, but additional funds of Rs 50 to Rs 75 lakh were required to complete the construction.

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