I’ve lived in Sri Lanka long enough to know most of the customs, traditions and all that jazz. Some of them I like and respect, but some I think are just fucking dumb.
Before I had cable TV, I was stuck watching the local channels and there used to be this show on Swarnawahini called ‘Yeheli’ or something like that, it was called. It was about violence against women and so I was quite interested in it.
It portrayed many different cases where women were subjected to violence by men and if I remember right there was this one incident where the argument was about the marriage dowry.I never understood why the woman’s family has to give the guy something to marry his daughter.
I mean that’s like paying him to get married to her, which is just fucking stupid. First of all, why? I mean anyway, once a man marries a woman he vows to take care of her in return for loyalty, lau, etc, etc, etc.
But I wonder, how did it become customary or even mandatory to give a dowry to the guy? I’ve heard stories of men playing women just to get hold of their dowry’s. Women and their families are bound to get played by callous opportunistic fucks out to get their money or whatever is on the dowry platter.
I don’t know, I’m just saying, dowry is one fucked up thing.