Posted by Champaklal Dajibhai Mistry on December 2, 2003



In late November, 203, thousands of people in the city of Bangalore, Karnataka State of southern bhaart (India) have staged a march and rally against the system of dowry. In the dowry system a bridegroom demands a certain amount of wealth from the bride's father at the time of marriage or vivaaH. The dowry could be a one-time demand or could last over the life time of married life as per the traditions and customs prevailing in the bridegroom's goTR (lineage) and/or GNaati or tribe....

The dowry is a very controversial social phenomenon in bhaart and is a corruption of veDik lifestyle in this veDik time era called kli-yug. veD states that in kli-yug people starts ignoring the rules and regulations of DHARm and veD and tend towards a life of aDHARm. If aDHARmik (not following DHARm way of life is prolonged for a long time then the people practicing aDHARm will destroy themselves as individuals and also destroy their societies ultimately. Before destruction aDHARmik way of life produces lots of pain and suffering of mental, physical, emotional and spiritual types.

The topic of vivaaH is a very important part of veD study at Prajapati Vishva Aashram Foundation (PVAF) and thus PVAF invites YOUR views and comments....YOU can air your views and comments by just clicking on the POST A COMMENT button in the header of this news item and write away....

In the next few days, PVAF will post a good amount of knowledge of vivaaH as contained in veD texts for the educational prosperity of this humanity....and to start off this education please click on the next line....and also read the above quoted Bangalore news item in detail......



The entire process of creating the male-female union among humans which leads to upholding the eternal cylce of creation, sustenance and cyclic re-creation on this planet earth and in the universe we humans know about is extensively detailed in veD = SCIENCES OF CREATION AND LIFE....In veD and veDik lifestyle, the process of male-female union among humans is called vivaaH = marriage in English language....

In veD is outlined 8 forms or types of vivaaH:

  1. bRH`maa vivaaH:        Free will and consent of all from both parties.
  2. aaARSH vivaaH:         With or without full consent of the bride and bridegroom and parents with a condition that the bridegroom gives an agreed amount of wealth to bride's father.
  3. pRaajaapt`y vivaaH:    Bride is given to a bridegroom who has requested for the hand of the bride as his DHARm or moral obligation.
  4. Daeev vivaaH:             A bride is given to a yjmaan that is a man who is performing a yGN. yjmaan is a person who wishes a yGN to be performed and arranges and pays for the performance of the yGN. yGN is a veDik ceremony performed to propitiate a god or goddess to achieve one's desire or wish.
  5. gaaNDHARv vivaaH:  A bride and bridegroom who are mutually in love with each other and wishes that love to last for ever through vivaaH
  6. aasur vivaaH:                Payment of agreed wealth by the bridegroom to the bride's father and without the consent of the bride to vivaaH.
  7. raaaKSHs vivaaH:        Forceful abduction of a bride by the bridegroom for the purpose of vivaaH.
  8. paeeshaach vivaaH:       Forcefully marrying a bride when the bride is sleeping or unconscious and without bride's consent.

Only in 2 forms of vivaaH as noted above there is exchange of any compensation of wealth for either of the bride or bridegroom.

In veD, of the 8 forms of vivaaH, bRH`maa vivaaH is of the most DHARmik or sacred and morally correct type as the union is based on total free will including the consents of both sets of parents and following the rules of arranging and performing vivaaH in conformance to DHARm-shaas`TR and veD. In veD, paeeshaach vivaaH is regarded as the most aDHaaARmik (unlawful and morally wrong) type of vivaaH.    All of these types of vivaaH are said to occur among humanity in all times in all places as per veD knowledge.

The above write-up will be continued in the days to come and in the meanwhile the following is the text of the Bangalore protest against dowry:


BANGALORE, INDIA, November 28, 2003:

Thousands of people in the southern Indian city of Bangalore have staged a march and rally against the system of dowry.

The women protesters were joined by many men. Female and male students from across the city marched through the streets, yelling "Down, Down, Dowry," and holding starkly worded banners:

  • "Brides are not for Burning,"
  • "Real Men Don't Demand Dowry," and
  • "Dowry Causes Women's Deaths."

On a truck, a mock-up of a bride being beaten was staged. Dowry - the giving of money and goods by a bride's family to that of the groom - has been illegal in India for more than 40 years, but on the ground it continues.

The organizers of the rally - the Karnataka State Women's Commission (KSWC) - say that dowry-related murders and violence are continuing to be perpetrated against women unabated.

One woman told the BBC that after 10 years of marriage, her husband's family asked for 150,000 rupees ($3,000) extra in dowry. The reason - she had two daughters but no son.

She says that when her family did not pay up, her husband and in-laws set upon her two months ago and tried to burn her. Philomena Peres says brides' families are afraid to speak out "They poured kerosene over me and lit a match. When I screamed, my neighbours rescued me."

The chairperson of KSWC, Philomena Peres, said that despite Bangalore's reputation as India's information technology capital, many women were still badly treated.

According to her, there are still six to eight dowry-related deaths in the city every day.

She said brides' families were afraid to speak out because both giving and taking dowry is punishable; the law should be adjusted, she added.

 But Ms Peres feels young people's attitudes are bringing change. The students present at the rally will tomorrow face the world and get married, she said. "They are the ones who should say 'No, no and no - this is enough.' "

One of the large numbers of male students present, Anand Sankar, said he felt taking dowry was wrong and he would not do it.

There are 1 additional comments.

#1 Posted by srimannarayana badisa on 12/8/2003
I belong prajapathi community in Andhra Pradesh. I would like exchange our views with all prajapathi members. I am a Government serice person in Andhra Pradesh.
I request t o you any praja[athi communal persons doing textile business in Gujarath,Rajasthan, Maharastra. Which information requirred to publis our news paper. let me inform any members are there.


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