Social Injustice and Subaltern Consciousness in Shobhan Bantwal’s “The Dowry Bride”
Keywords:Dowry System, Caste, Patriarchy, Home, Exploitation, Anxiety, Sufferings, Gender, Equality, Bride Burning.
India is a developing country known for its diversities in terms of language, caste, class, religion, culture etc. Yet we find the practice of dowry system common all over the land irrespective of its socio- cultural differences. The Dowry system is a deep-rooted evil in the Indian society from time immemorial. Many an evil practice like Sati have been abolished in Independent India, but no effective step has been taken to prevent the people from giving and taking Dowry. And it has taken an ugly face by victimizing the female gender and also led to female feticide. Though there are provisions in the Constitution to safeguard the rights of women yet it is not effectively implemented by the authorities. This has led to many dowry deaths of innocent brides who have been denied the basic human right to live. Social awareness, subaltern consciousness, stringent enforcement of statutory laws and women empowerment through education can only be suggested as an antidote to this social virus. The present paper explores the physical, mental and psychological trauma undergone by the protagonist who is also a victim of bride burning in the novel ‘The Dowry Bride’ by ShobhanBantwal. She emancipates herself and emerges a liberated soul.
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