Friends, it is long time since I have interacted with all of you. The major problem is, I am not very convenient with the technology so that I can write these articles and up date to reach you people immediately.
Fortunately, my friend is helping me out in this regard, thanks to him. Now, coming to the point.. On 26th November every year declared as “Anti Dowry Day” to give more emphasis on the evil of dowry and take the measures to curb the same. In fact this was declared almost 7 years back by the Central Government directing all the authorities to observe 26th of November as Anti Dowry Day. This I came to know just about 3 years back through Right to Information Act, when I asked for the details pertaining to curb the dowry menace. But, till last year unfortunately none, including the Government Authorities, Political Parties, Civic Society, Media and Judiciary is not aware of the same, because of the indifferent attitude of the authorities sitting in the relevant posts. Fortunately, the Hon’ble High Court of A.P., reacted on my letter last year and directed all the District Legal Services Authorities in the state to observe Anti Dowry Day. Following the same 183 camps were conducted all over the state and thousands of general public are benefited. This is great achievement for us.
Friends, the Dowry Prohibition Act came about 50 years back i.e., in 1961 and the Central Government framed Rules for implementing the Act in1961 and A.P. State Government made Rules in 1998. But unfortunately no one cared for the implementation. Even the apex court in 2005 gave directions that wide publicity should be given for the Acts and its Rules through Lok Adalats, Radio Broadcasts, Television Channels and news papers to make the general public aware of the provisions of law, but who cares. But, we (RAKSHA) filed public interest litigation before the Hon’ble High Court of A.P., praying the court to direct the concerned departments including the department of women and child welfare. Surprisingly the High Court said that if, WE (RAKSHA) bothered and concerned about the society, then we ourselves need to make programmes to make aware of general public. Hardly Raksha could do very little work, but we did to the best of our conscious.
Therefore, I have started appealing all our friends in facebook who has conscious and concern towards the society to give wide publicity, organize small meets and participate in the meetings on the occasion of Anti Dowry Day i.e., 26-11-2011. I always believe the saying that “He who does not hope to win, has already lost”. I hope that the implementation of laws and the relevant judgments is the only solution to eradicate all evils in the society. I want to make this LAST EFFORT, hoping that it will not be LOST effort.