Politicians and lost sense of humour: Jyotiraditya Scindia falls for satire ‘dowry calculator’ website

Disclaimer: This post in no way approves of or condones the practice of giving or taking dowry.

We live in such times in India that we have blurred the lines between satire and reality. No wonder many fall for parody accounts on social media because the jokes are also so believable. We’ve earlier written how scientist and columnist Anand Ranganathan’s brilliant tweets have been taken for real, triggering many. Recently, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Congress leader and MP from Guna, Madhya Pradesh, fell for a satire website ‘dowry calculator‘. He took to Twitter to inform the Prime Minister and Ministry of Women and Child Development, in hopes that the website which encourages the shameful act of dowry is taken down.

Unless you’ve lived under a rock, you would have come across this website years ago. But it seems Scindia hadn’t. Being a politician is a tough job, after all, it took him 16 years to ask for a government bungalow in Guna where he reportedly travels a lot for work.

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General give-away signs that ‘dowry calculator’ is a satire website

One of the tell-tale signs that the website predates manufactured outrage is that the groom’s alma mater does not have Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) as an option.

Where is JNU?

As a joke, we put in details of a fictional groom in the ‘dowry calculator’.

Fictional ‘Savarna’ groom

If you had to marry him, your parents would’ve had to cough up over a crore rupees.

Worth of fictional groom

Unfortunately, the groom’s profession did not have an option of a politician, otherwise, we could’ve figured out market rate of politician kings, too.

Meanwhile, a lot of people corrected Scindia on his lack of abilities to detect satire.

A lot of men’s rights activists also turned up in his mentions to put forward cases of fake dowry allegations.

Amusingly, Maneka Gandhi, Minister for Women and Child Development, too fell for it, and tweeted she will get it examined, but deleted the tweet later.

This also shows how the problem of dowry is deep rooted in our society, even 70 years after independence, there are dowry-related deaths. So while dowry is no laughing matter, one only hopes the politicians verify facts and do not resort to fear mongering.


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