Nitish Kumar’s campaign against dowry; heres what he received as response
Eager to chalk out his own image of being reformist in Bihar, state Chief Minister Nitish Kumar recently launched a state wide campaign to end social evils including dowry and child marriage. In a bid to connect with people with his vision on these important topics, he shared on Monday an interesting story with the audience.
Nitish Kumar spoke of Harindra Kumar Singh, a former principal and a resident of Bhojpur district, who met Chief Minister at his official residence and said he was “inspired” by Mr Kumar’s appeal to shun dowry while solemnising marriages, a government release said.
Mr Singh said that he was “inspired” by the CM’s appeal made on October 4 during a Mahayajna at Ara, the district headquarters town of Bhojpur.
On October 2, Mr Kumar launched a state-wide campaign for abolition of social evils like child marriage and dowry and announced that a human chain would be formed in support of the campaign on January 21.
During his interaction, Mr Kumar, who greeted by hugging Mr Singh, expressed happiness over his (Singh’s) decision and said that “former principal Harindra Kumar Singh’s step (to return dowry amount) would prove to be an example for the society.”
The state government would seek his active participation in the campaign, the release added.
Mr Singh, a resident of Barnav village under Aayar police station of Bhojpur district, had fixed his elder son Prem Ranjan Singh’s marriage with Anuradha, the daughter of Pramod Singh who is the resident of Jamalpur village of Koilwar police station of the district.
Mr Singh had returned around Rs. 4 lakh to the bride’s family a few days back which he had received for the marriage.>