Dowry Prohibition Rules amended by the Kerala Government, appoints district officers to end menace

Team SoOLEGAL 23 Jul 2021 3:22pm

Dowry Prohibition Rules amended by the Kerala Government, appoints district officers to end menace

The Kerala Government has taken an initiative to amend the Dowry Prohibition Rules, on the account of increasing dowry harassment cases in the state. ‘Dowry prohibition officers’ have been appointed in all the 14 districts of the state as an incorporation of precautionary measure.

 Earlier the position of the officers existed but only in 3 districts namely Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Kozhikode. State Health Minister Veena George stated that now the officer’s post has been extended to all districts and the post should be taken up by the respective district’s women and child development officer.

The Chief Dowry Prohibition officer’s position has been allotted to the Director of Women and Child Development.

George added, “the appointment of the dowry prohibition officers is part of the government’s efforts to crack down on dowry in view of increasing cases now-a-days.”

It was stated by the government that the first phase of trainingthe officersis done and further an initiative is taken by inviting suggestions from charitable organisations regarding the well-being of women suffering from dowry atrocities.

Apart from this, awareness workshops and district advisory boards have been curated for curtailment of the same. Awareness lessons on gender roles with special focus on women have been introduced in association with National Service Schemes and colleges.

Since there has been a huge rise in the number of dowry deaths in the State, the LDH government has recommended a series of  control actions to suppress the historic practice of receiving dowry during marriages.

A day-long fast was observed by the Governor Arif Mohammed Khan requesting common people to act against the menace.

‘Say No to Dowry’ campaign was launched by the State Police against dowry barbarism. 

Tagged: Dowry Prohibition Rules   Kerala Government   district officers   Dowry prohibition officers   Thiruvananthapuram   Ernakulam   Kozhikode   State Health Minister Veena George   Child Development  
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