It was a case the village Panchayat had never handled.
For the last few days Mohammedpur Kadim village under Modi Nagar in Ghaziabad was witnessing a bitter argument in a family over dowry. But in this case it wasn’t the groom’s family that was making the demands.
Newly married Poonam Kumar (22) was pressurising and demanding dowry from her parents, who had reportedly promised her the same earlier.
Village head Dhan Pal Singh told HT that Poonam came to her parents’ house on Monday and had an altercation with them. She started demanding the dowry they had promised her earlier.
Poonam also reportedly tried to lodge a complaint with the police but nothing happened. “She kept on pressurising her father Vijay Pal and family members that she would go back to her husband’s house only after she gets dowry. The altercations continued for over two days,” the village head said.
On Tuesday the village Panchayat had to step in. The Panchayat called the woman's in-laws and parents. The proceedings of the Panchayat went on for hours. The woman's in-laws apologised for the behaviour of their daughter-in-law and said they never demanded any dowry.
After a lot of deliberations and on constant requests by her parents that they do not have sufficient funds for fulfil her demands, the in-laws stepped in. “We are self-sufficient and would not allow you to take anything from your parents,” the village head quoted in-laws.
The woman finally consented and decided to leave for her husband’s house without taking any dowry from her parents.