PATNA: In a significant development, 7.2 million rural women associated with a livelihood project have announced to join Bihar government’s massive campaign against dowry which has been claiming hundreds of lives every year.
All these women are associated with Jeevika- Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project launched with the objectives to enhancing social and economic empowerment of the rural poor.
“Dowry is a major social evil and we will lend all support to government’s campaign. A dowry-free society will bring tremendous changes in the state,” Jeevika coordinator Archana Kumari has told the local media.
As per media reports, Jeevika activists will launch an intensive social awareness drive across the country, counsel the family members with girls and boys of marriageable age and motivate them to desist from any dowry transaction by informing them about the devastating impact of dowry it had caused to the society.
The announcement comes after Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar announced a vigorous campaign against dowry and asked the masses to boycott marriages of people accepting dowry.
“The JD-U will launch a massive social campaign against dowry and child marriage on October 2 this year,” party spokesperson Sanjay Singh told a Press conference in Patna on Sunday.