DOWRY AS A SOCIAL-STRUCTURAL SIN

  • Shaji George Kochuthara Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore
Keywords: Family Life, Dowry, Social Sin, Christian Vision

Abstract

The Preparatory Document of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops considers dowry as one of the situations that requires the attention and pastoral care of the Church. This applies specially to India, as dowry is widely practised in India. In spite of the prohibition of dowry by the law, it is practised in almost all regions, irrespective of caste or creed. Though dowry was practised in some forms from ancient times, it was much different from the current practice. Today, the dowry system has become a sort of extortion of money and property from the bride’s family, causing constant tensions and violence in family life. Dowry is a social-structural sin and should be considered a personal sin that is against the Christian vision of the family. Although the Church is not supporting the dowry system, it has not undertaken any committed action to eradicate this evil that causes a lot of unjust suffering and violence, and contradicts the Christian concept of marriage and family.

Author Biography

Shaji George Kochuthara, Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore

Shaji George Kochuthara, CMI is Associate Professor of Moral Theology at Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore. He is also the Chief Editor of Asian Horizons, Dharmaram Journal of Theology, the Chairperson of the Institutional Ethical Board of St John’s Medical College, Bangalore, Religious Adviser of the Ethics Committee of St Martha’s Hospital, Bangalore, and a member of the Asian Regional Committee of “Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church” and the Head of its Asian Forum. He completed his undergraduate studies at DVK in India and the postgraduate and doctoral studies in moral theology at the Pontifical Gregorian
University, Rome. His publications include The Concept of Sexual Pleasure in the Catholic Moral Tradition (Rome: Gregorian, 2007), Moral Theology in India Today, ed. (2013) and Revisiting Vatican II: 50 Years of Renewal, Vol. 1 (2014) (both, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications) and over 30 articles. Email: kochuthshaji@gmail.com

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Published
2014-06-30
How to Cite
Kochuthara, S. G. (2014). DOWRY AS A SOCIAL-STRUCTURAL SIN. Asian Horizons, 8(02), 337-356. Retrieved from http://dvkjournals.in/index.php/ah/article/view/2057