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Anti-dowry campaign

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“Youth Against Dowry Campaign” was launched on 13 April at Eidgah Masjid, Light House Hill Road, Mangalore. A signature campaign was organized by an energetic organization of youngsters from the coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi, Karnataka called 'Youth Against Dowry'.

Addressing the gathering, Dr. Farhan Mohammed, President of YAD, said that many Muslims are not able to perform the mandatory Hajj owing to the need to accumulate wealth for dowry. He urged the youth to say no to the evil practice and help many a poor family in the society. He added that an appeal to make the society dowry-free will be made through the Qazis in all mosques.

Gen Secreatary of YAD Sayed Hassan said many Muslim youngsters of the district are in Gulf countries only to save money for their sisters/daughters’ marriage and are forced to stay there for 6-7 years undergoing a mental trauma. Saif Sultan, another member of the organization, said that dowry has played a major role in increasing poverty in the society. He urged members hailing from various jamaats to cooperate and fight against this evil. (For more information and for the public screening of anti-dowry documentary Urulu, contact +919844462168 or youthagainstdowry@gmail.com).

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2012 on page no. 13

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