By Shobhan Bantwal
Author of THE DOWRY BRIDE – On sale now
Recently I read an article in Newsweek titled “The Bride Buyers.” At first I was shocked and dismayed to read about some website called MarryourDaughter.com that offered young girls for sale as brides. Teenagers of 15 and 16 years of age were being offered by their parents for thousands of dollars. What was more, the site got millions of hits within a week after it appeared on the Web. It just goes to show how many pedophiles are lurking in cyberspace – a frightening prospect!
However, later on the article explained that the whole thing was a hoax, and I exhaled a breath of relief. The website’s creator, John Ordover, a viral-marketing consultant based in
This article brought to mind my own debut novel, THE DOWRY BRIDE, a story set in
Upon reading the Newsweek article, I sadly realized that the dowry system in
If there was such bizarre websites in
Unfortunately this type of site would probably receive millions of hits each and every day. The sadder part is that neither the law enforcement agencies nor social codes of ethics seem to deter the folks determined to grab a dowry.Read the Newsweek article: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20781129/site/newsweek/?GT1=10357