Don't the males need money for their marriage?Just now I was reading a news-item about West Bengal. The Chief Minister of the state, Mamata Banerjee, has announced 'Rupashree' scheme, where the State Government would provide financial help to girls of above eighteen years of age at the time of their marriage, provided they are from a poor economic background and their would-be partners are above twenty-one.
I don't find anything novel about the scheme (as announced by the State Government of West Bengal). Many other State Governments already have similar schemes in different names. In every such scheme, the State Government helps the females who are going to get married.
My question is peculiar. Why only females? Don't the males need money at the time of their marriages? Why don't the governments help them?
Or is it an indirect acknowledgement or encouragement of dowry system prevalent in our society?