“Dowry-Free Movement” : Young Doctor Allegedly Commits Suicide over Dowry Demands, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan Calls for More Awareness

Accident – Death – Obituary News : Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala [India], December 8 (ANI): In the wake of the tragic death of a young doctor allegedly by suicide over dowry demands, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan has emphasized the need to raise awareness about this social issue, particularly among girls. Governor Khan expressed his sadness over such incidents occurring in Kerala, a state known for its matriarchal society where women have traditionally held significant power and inheritance rights. He condemned the practice of demanding money from the bride’s family, calling it not only evil but also brutish behavior.

The National Commission for Women (NCW) also expressed deep concern over the doctor’s death in Thiruvananthapuram and has requested a detailed action taken report from the Kerala police within five days. The commission urged the police to invoke relevant sections of the Dowry Prohibition Act and the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in the First Information Report (FIR) if the allegations are verified. They emphasized the importance of arresting the accused and his relatives, stating that society has a crucial responsibility to safeguard women’s rights.

The incident involves the death of Shahana, a postgraduate student at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College, who allegedly died by suicide. Shahana’s relatives have accused the accused, identified as Ruvaiz, and his family of demanding a significant dowry, including gold, land, and a BMW car, as conditions for marrying Shahana.

Ruvaiz, a male doctor and a PG student in the surgery department of Thiruvananthapuram Medical College, has been charged with abetment to suicide under the Dowry Prohibition Act. The relationship between Shahana and Ruvaiz reportedly soured when Ruvaiz backed out of the marriage proposal due to Shahana’s family’s inability to fulfill his dowry demands, citing financial constraints.

Shahana’s relatives allege that Ruvaiz and his family withdrew the marriage proposal after their refusal to meet the dowry demands. The college principal has suspended Ruvaiz from the institution.

Police discovered Shahana’s lifeless body at her rented apartment near the medical college on Tuesday morning. In response to the incident, the Chairperson of the Kerala Women’s Commission, Sathidevi, along with other members of the panel, visited Shahana’s family. Sathidevi demanded a thorough investigation into the matter and stated that the commission would seek a report from the police regarding the actions taken in the case.

The tragic incident has sparked a conversation about the persistence of dowry-related issues in society and the need for greater awareness and action to prevent such incidents. The authorities and various women’s rights organizations are calling for strict implementation of the Dowry Prohibition Act and other relevant laws to protect women’s rights and eliminate the practice of dowry. It is hoped that these efforts will bring about positive changes and help prevent future tragedies..