Minister's solvent for dowry issue

She has urged parents to take insurance policies for their daughters by paying premium rather than spending hefty amounts for dowry.

However, she did not give more details about the proposal as the technicalities were still to be worked out.

“Even though we have anti-dowry laws, parents still give dowry when they get their daughters married. We will ask them to take insurance policies for their daughters to ensure their security in case something unfortunate happens,” Krishna Tirath said, listing out her ministry’s achievements in the first 100 days of her tenure.

Initial stages

“It can be either a partnership of both the government and parents. We are also going to discuss the possibilities of the programme with insurance companies. But nothing has been finalised as yet as the proposal is in the initial stages,” she said.

She also referred to a proposed social security scheme for housewives. “Under this, we want to provide financial security to women if some problem occurs in their marriage,” she added.

Tirath reiterated that a national mission for the empowerment of women would soon be set up, and that it would function as an umbrella mission to achieve coordination, synergy and convergence in the activities of select ministries which have women-centric programmes.

The mission would also cooperate with the state governments and statutory bodies like the national and state commissions for women.

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