Daaj and absurd status-symbols

In Ludhiana, a 29 year old woman, Hardeep Kaur, was just found dead at her in-laws house. Her brother, Harpreet Singh, informed the police that she had been frequently harassed by her in-laws about a dowry, and he alleged that the in-laws murdered her. According to Harpreet, Hardeep had just recently returned to her in-laws house under the assurance that she wouldn’t be harassed again. [link]

Considering the circumstances, it seems the assurances were false. Hardeep leaves behind a 7 year old sonjewelry__dowry.jpg and a 1 and 1/2 year old daughter.

According to sources, Hardeeps brother Harpreet Singh, a resident of Vishkarma colony under the Shimlapuri police station, received a call from Hira Singhs brother-in-law Karamjit Singh informing that Hardeep had died under mysterious circumstances. He said when he went to his sisters house, he found the house empty and the body of Hardeep was lying in a room. [link]

No arrest has been made yet, and Hardeep’s body has been sent for a post-mortem.

The race for dowry, in my opinion, is linked to the over-extravagance of weddings. Dowries used to be functional when weddings used to be functional. But as weddings have become status symbols, so has everything associated with them – the boutique/designer a bride buys her wedding clothes from, the weight of gold and diamonds, the type of transportation she and the groom use to get to the wedding/reception (apparently helicopters are in these days).

We’ve discussed before whether and how the Anand Karaj has lost its meaning to the afterparty. In cases where attention is entirely or even mostly on the materialistic aspects of the wedding, or where the result is similar to Hardeep’s, it definitely has.


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17 Responses to “Daaj and absurd status-symbols”

  1. "Anand Karaj has lost its meaning to the afterparty"

    – that is soo true

    Honestly this dowry/daaj business is totally messed up. Surprisingly enough these cases are worse in India than UK.

  2. “Anand Karaj has lost its meaning to the afterparty”

    – that is soo true

    Honestly this dowry/daaj business is totally messed up. Surprisingly enough these cases are worse in India than UK.

  3. baingandabhartha says:

    The bride and groom generally speaking, are passive participants in desi weddings especially in India. The parents are spending all the money. The wedding is more of a show of wealth for the parents. When the girls parents are well off-things go smoothly-money is flaunted, lots of food is wasted, egos are boosted and a couple also gets married during this. When the brides parents are trying to perform beyond their means-the bride many times ends up dead/divorced/beaten. So much for Anand Karaj.

  4. baingandabhartha says:

    The bride and groom generally speaking, are passive participants in desi weddings especially in India. The parents are spending all the money. The wedding is more of a show of wealth for the parents. When the girls parents are well off-things go smoothly-money is flaunted, lots of food is wasted, egos are boosted and a couple also gets married during this. When the brides parents are trying to perform beyond their means-the bride many times ends up dead/divorced/beaten. So much for Anand Karaj.

  5. Kaur says:

    Waheguru. Waheguru. Waheguru.

    I don't agree with the wording though, "Anand Karaj has lost its meaning to the afterparty". The only losing going on, is what we're losing.

  6. Kaur says:

    Waheguru. Waheguru. Waheguru.

    I don’t agree with the wording though, “Anand Karaj has lost its meaning to the afterparty”. The only losing going on, is what we’re losing.

  7. With the increasing importance of the wealth people are now become too conscious with the status of them. They are trying to reach to the higher status. And sometimes in this race they become too selfish and they try to do the illegal and the immoral deed too.

  8. mbaessayhelp says:

    This is a big problem in India, parents of bride are facing many problem when they demand big Daaj before marriage ceremony.

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