Vol. 6, Issue 5 (2020)
Laws relating to dower and practices in Bangladesh: A study on educated women
Author(s): Mst. Rezwana Karim
Abstract: Dower is an obligation upon husbands, which is supposed to pay to wives on marriage. Sharia laws are considered the main guiding documents related to dower. The present study intends to discover the practices of dower among educated women in Bangladesh. This study has been carried out in Rajshahi City Corporation of Bangladesh. Primary data has been collected through survey of a semi-structured questionnaire following the convenience sampling approach. The study has revealed that there are strict Islamic rules for dower, however, those rules are not properly complied with and very often wives cannot exercise their legal right of dower. Moreover, there are lacks of awareness about dower right among wives, even among educated wives. This study has also found that most of the educated women do not bother about the ultimate purpose of dower. The sharia laws along with the statutory laws are not sufficient to ensure dower right in Bangladesh. Therefore, amendment of laws is proposed to incorporate necessary provisions so that the wives get their dower properly. Moreover, creating awareness about dower rights and the true objective of dower among stakeholders, especially wives, is imperative.