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Inspired by Nitish Kumar, Bihar man returns Rs 4 lakh dowry for son’s wedding

Impressed by chief minister Nitish Kumar’s social campaign against dowry and child marriage, a retired school principal in Bihar has returned Rs 4 lakh which he took from the prospective bride’s family for solemnising the marriage of his son.

india Updated: Oct 17, 2017 15:58 IST
Prashant Ranjan
Prashant Ranjan
Hindustan Times, Ara
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Hrindra Singh (second from left) with his family members after he returned Rs 4 lakh as dowry for the marriage of his son Prem Ranjan Singh (extreme right), in Ara district of Bihar. (HT Photo)

A former school principal in Bihar’s Bhojpur district has returned Rs 4 lakh given as dowry by the family of his son’s bride for their December 3 wedding and credited chief minister Nitish Kumar for his unselfish action.

Hrindra Singh, who retired from Adarsh middle school at Kaura village under Jagdishpur block in August, said he was inspired by Kumar’s clarion call on October 4 at Ara, headquarters of Bhojpur district, to shun the practice of dowry and child marriage.

Singh returned the cash he got from the bride’s family for the “marriage preparations” of his younger son, Prem Ranjan Singh (25), who runs an electrical shop.

The bride’s elder brother, Rohit Singh, said: “We were initially perplexed. I thought the groom’s family was calling off the marriage when they came to return us the money. I am proud that my sister is being married into a family with such high moral values.”

Hrindra Singh’s elder son, Rajiv Ranjan Singh, said the bride’s family had promptly given them the ‘facilitation money’ after finalisation of marriage in February. “However, inspired by CM Kumar’s speech in Ara on October 4, we returned the money on October 10.”

Singh, who resides at Ekta Nagar locality of Ara, the district headquarters of Bhojpur, 60 km west of Patna, has earned much respect from people in the area.

Bhojpur superintendent of police Awakash Kumar said no charges would be pressed as no complaint was received, but expressed happiness with growing social awareness.

Under penal code, giving and taking dowry is a punishable offence with a jail term up to seven years.

As per National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, Bihar registered 1,154 dowry deaths in 2015, second only to Uttar Pradesh.

In terms of crime against women, Bihar is 11th among Indian states and Union territories. Altogether 1,867 cases have been so far registered under the Dowry Prevention Act.

First Published: Oct 17, 2017 11:47 IST

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