Many marriages on the rocks in Singareni coal belt
Youth who married miners’ daughters aspiring for a job under DES, are have started harassing the girls’ parents demanding either a job in Singareni, or the dowry amount back.
Marriages of many workers’ children paying ‘kanyasulkam’ (dowry paid by the groom’s parents to the bride’s parents) in the hope of a job at the State government-owned Singareni Collieries, are on the rocks in the coal belt including Ramagundam.
Families of boys who married the daughters of Singareni workers in the hope of securing a job under the Dependent Employment Scheme (DES) paying reverse dowry, have started harassing the girls’ parents demanding either a job in Singareni, or the dowry amount back. The DES has been in limbo for the last two years due to various reasons.
Consequently, a majority of the girls after their were forced to stay with their parents as their in-laws sent them back.
Sammaiah, a resident of Godavarikhani, said he had performed the marriage of his unemployed son with the daughter of a coal miner without taking any dowry in the hope of securing employment in Singareni following the announcement of the revival of DES in 2017. “With no job to my son, he and his wife had become a burden. So, I sent my daughter-in-law away to her parents’ house and asked her to come only after getting the job for my son,” he said.
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