Dowry Extortions in “Love Marriages” too!
Lucknow, November 14, 2012
Many assume that the dowry is a part of marriages that are “arranged” by families in India. That is historically true. However, given how quickly dowry has become a form of criminal extortion and wealth acquisition for men and their families, it is a custom that men supposedly marrying for ‘love’ have eagerly embraced.
Suhana who was in love with Khurram Asif, married him against her parents wishes. She had been dating him for three years prior to the wedding. Khurram comes from a wealthy family, well educated, and his father and brother are doctors. Four days after the wedding, however Suhana who says the family abused and tortured her for dowry, threw her out of their house. Her own family won’t pay dowry or have her back, and Suhana is now essentially homeless. Full report here