Girls in Tahirpur burden on guardians for dowry

Poor guardians of hundreds of eligible girls in Tahirpur upazila of Sunamganj cannot arrange marriage of their daughters for inability to manage dowry money.These girls are often treated as burden on their parents as well as society.
Some times, rich and influential people marry beautiful girls of poor parents in exchange of money.
They in collusion with unscrupulous kazis (marriage registrars) marry the girls by filling up marriage registration forms showing ‘cabin’ of only Tk20,000 to Tk30,000.
After a few days, these influential people withdraw the forms from kazis by giving them some money and divorce the girls.
After divorce, these girls have no other option than returning to their parents.
The parents cannot go for any legal actions for failing to mange the marriage registration papers.
A woman complained to this correspondent that she got married when she was student of a primary school.
Her husband took some money from her illiterate father as dowry.
After the marriage, her guardian came to know that her husband had married another woman earlier and kept it secret.
After she had a baby, the husband deserted her and the child and married for the third time elsewhere.
The young lady with her baby returned to her father’s house and became burden on the father.
Now the day labourer father cannot further arrange marriage of the young lady for lack of money.
It is learnt, in the rural areas, for hundreds of eligible girls it is difficult to get married due to lack of dowry money.
Many girls become subjected to torture for dowry as well.
As their guardians are not educated enough, they cannot take legal actions.
(UNB, Sunamganj)

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