Dowry-related deaths are a scourge to society. Even now, news about such murders crop up from time-to-time disturbingly. Usually, such deaths are reported when the bride is not able to bring the required dowry as desired by her in-laws. When she is unable to do so, her in-laws torment her to the extreme both physically and mentally. That these are happening even in these times when people should know better is indeed a very distressing matter. Although the law has rightly abolished the custom of dowry, this is taking place right under the nose of the authorities. The law should be more vigilant and take the action to nab those demanding and taking dowry. If the law against dowry is not being implemented, what is the purpose of having it in the first place. Since dowry is a social evil, and many newly weds face such pitiable fate, there is need for strict monitoring and for the officials to swing into action when necessary. Since most of the women are reluctant to reveal their sufferings after being unable to bring the dowry that their in-laws demand, there should be special cells in the police and also NGOs where women can seek help with confidentiality and ease if they are harassed or tortured in any way.
The dowry-related deaths used to be mostly reported from the terai, but they being reported from the Kathmandu metropolis is quite unbelievable. Just the other day, one Prashanta Tandukar was taken into custody for allegedly murdering his wife Ruby over a dowry-related issue. The father of Ruby also said they tried to settle the dowry issue and also sought the help of Maiti Nepal but to no avail. She continued to be tortured by her in-laws in a most reprehensible manner. This is just one case of dowry death that has managed to get the limelight. This case should now alert all concerned about the negative aspects of the dowry system. By all means, this should be done away with for good. Understanding among the families concerned would be most welcome, rather than mentally and physically abusing the bride for dowry which her parents cannot meet.
Due to lack of intervention by the police and also the civil society, the practice of dowry is continuing ahead without any signs of abating. Intellectuals and other knowledgeable persons of the society should lead the way in discouraging the vile practice. Also, those tormenting the brides for dowry should also receive the punishment due before things get more ugly to the extent of maiming the brides and to the extreme, murdering them. There are many such cases of abuses of brides, and only some of them come to light. As such, the dowry system is still rife since the perpetrators of the atrocities are getting away scot free in many cases in the absence of measures taken to detain them. Were the law to be stricter to arrest such violators, it would be possible to discourage the practice of dowry. If action is not taken immediately, then there would be hundreds of Rubys. The responsibility for this would be the society itself for failing to stop the heinous practice of dowry, which has already caused innumerable women to suffer and pay with their life.
No to hypertension
Marking World Hypertension Day every year on May 17 had become a ritual, but now it has taken up a more pro-active role. Not only on this day, but all the year round the medical practitioners unfailingly tell, not only their patients, but the people in general to be aware of the risks that hypertension poses. In fact, as they say, the risks of strokes and heart diseases are caused often by high blood pressure. So, keeping your pressure in control is the best way to remain healthy. Urban life is blamed for the increasing cases of hypertension and diabetes. Sedentary lifestyle or lack of physical activity, obesity and stress are the leading causes that lead to hypertension.
The salt intake in Nepal is double (10mg) than that of the WHO recommended 5mg daily limit. That is also a reason why high blood pressure is emerging as a major health problem among the people. It is now clear that hypertension can be checked by embracing a healthy lifestyle with adequate physical activity, decreasing the daily amount of salt, eating fruits and vegetables in ample amounts everyday, and consuming alcohol moderately, among others.