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Dowry Demands Drive Young Doctor to Suicide in Kerala

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Olalekan Adigun
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Dowry Demands Drive Young Doctor to Suicide in Kerala

In a chilling tale of dowry-driven despair, a 26-year-old doctor in Kerala, India, named Shahana, succumbed to the pressure of excessive dowry demands, leading her to take her own life. In the pursuit of marital bliss with fellow doctor E.A. Ravis, Shahana found herself ensnared in the traditional yet illegal dowry practice, transforming a moment of joy into a tragic end.

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The Unfulfilled Dowry Demand

Shahana's in-laws made dowry demands that included a staggering 150 tolas of gold, 15 acres of land, and a BMW car. When Shahana's family was unable to meet these demands, the marriage was abruptly cancelled by Ravis's family. The refusal left Shahana in a state of profound distress, a sentiment echoed in a note found beside her body which read, 'everyone just wants money and wealth.'

Legal Ramifications in the Wake of Tragedy

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The Kerala Police have registered a case against Ravis for abetment to suicide and under dowry prevention laws, and testimony from Shahana's family has been taken into account. The incident has triggered a detailed probe, and the police arrested Ravis as he was en route to seek anticipatory bail. The case has drawn significant attention, and the outcome of this investigation has potential implications for the persistent issue of dowry in India.

Governmental and Public Response

Minister for Health, Veena George, ordered an investigation into the allegation that Shahana's death is connected to dowry. The Kerala Women’s Commission has also called for a probe into the matter. The incident has sparked public outrage, leading to calls for a stronger stand against dowry and more stringent laws to deter such demands. This case serves as a stark reminder of the dire consequences that such antiquated practices can have on the lives of young women.

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