Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan has started a fast today. Their real motive is to spread awareness in the society against giving and taking dowry, to stop atrocities against women and to make Kerala safe for women. This movement is being organized today in Gandhi Bhavan, Thycaud, Thiruvananthapuram.
According to Raj Bhavan sources, on the invitation from Gandhian organizations, Governor Arif Mohammad Khan decided to join the protest. Last month itself, the governor made an emotional appeal to women to 'say no to dowry'.
Governor is fasting at Raj Bhavan from 8 am to 6 pm today. From 4.30 pm to 6 pm, the governor will join the protest at Gandhi Bhavan. According to the information given by the Governor's office, this protest has been organized by the Gandhi organization. He further said that Sthreepaksha Keralam is a step taken by the government under which the denial of dowry and related practices ensures the dignity of women.
The Governor said, “Transaction of dowry is an offense punishable with imprisonment of up to five years. Even more so seriously degrading to the women who have contributed to the development of Kerala. He appealed to the youth of the state to come forward and refuse dowry marriage. He said that we do not want dowry but it will take a long time to bring awareness and bring gender equality and social justice to end it.
It is noteworthy that recently many cases of dowry harassment came to the state and after this Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan took steps. A woman IPS officer was appointed as the in-charge to deal with such cases. The Chief Minister also launched an online complaint registration portal named 'Aparajita' which would address cyber crimes against women and also register complaints of crimes against women including domestic abuse.