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Now, alimony for broken engagement too?

Now, alimony for broken engagement too?

If the number of cases before State Women’s Commission is any indicator, the days of both families hushing up the matter are a thing of the past


Suchith Kidiyoor


Posted On Friday, November 12, 2010 at 08:09:43 AM

The Karnataka State Women’s Commission (KSWC) is observing the emergence of a new trend of people, especially parents of girls, approaching the body seeking compensation for broken engagements. Parents seek compensation for the money spent on the choultry, food, decoration, album, video recording, gifts to the boy and related expenses.

Speaking to Bangalore Mirror, an official of the commission said, “Earlier, people hesitated to talk about broken engagements. They tried their best to unite the couples or else simply keep quiet. But now, people’s mindset has changed.
Engagements are called off for various reasons — couple failing to build a good rapport, dowry, family problems, poor financial status of the families and others.

“We have also heard of break-ups because the future mother-in-law insulted the boy or girl, or on the issue of the boy living with his parents after the marriage.”

Once the commission receives such complaints, it summons both parties. After hearing the case, it directs the police station concerned to enquire and take suitable action.

“In the last few months, we have received five cases of compensation for engagements being called off.

“The number is miniscule compared to cases of domestic violence and sexual harassment in the work place. We also receive complaints of boys deceiving girls by promising marriage to enter into physical relationships,” added the official.

http://www.bangaloremirror.com/index.aspx?Page=article&sectname=News – City&sectid=10&contentid=20101112201011120809437432919730c

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  1. January 11, 2011 at 4:21 am

    Is this not what this country has achieved through these so called Pro-Women laws ? Any acquaintance related to marriage has just become a BUSINESS and is used for monetary gains. These laws will ensure that not only marriages but even engagement or even thought of marriage will become so frightening that people will teach their sons not to marry at all to be able to save the whole family from destruction.

    I agree that thousands of people like us would have succumbed to this extortion racket by the time marriages are over in India. But then looking at the other side of the coin, the business of these people (extortionists) will be completely lost after 10 years when the concept of marriage is over and their daughters will not be able to find another bakra.

  2. B.K. Agrawal
    January 11, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    If this type of news get publicity, within no time, unscupulous people will make it a business like they have done with 498a. If the girl’s family incurrs expenses, the boy side also spends in gifts to the girl. I have knowledge of instances where the girl party has broken the engagement and have denied to return the jewellery and other gifts given by the boy’s family.

  3. danny
    February 25, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    incredible. This actually happened to my friend. The girls family refused to return the gifts given by my family. He actually had to send an email to them and then only they agreed and that too after a lot of nonsense such as ‘bring 4 people along and we will bring our 4 people etc.

    Based on this friends’s experience I decided not to marry an indian woman

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