Bride’s father dies of heart attack in Bihar fearing rejection of dowry in form of scrapped notes
In a dismal incident in Bihar’s Kaimur, a bride’s father died of a massive stroke on Friday fearing that the groom’s family might not accept the amount of Rs. 35,000 demanded as dowry in Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday ruled out that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes are no longer legal tenders following which there has been chaos across the country and reports coming in that hospitals refusing to accept old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.
Ram Awadh Sah, aged 45, became victim of the insensitivity when he was rushed to Varanasi after stroke. But each of the three hospitals there his family sought to get him admitted to refused to hospitalise him after the authorities said that they would not accept Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes his family was carrying.
Sah had fixed the marriage of the eldest of his four daughters and it was supposed to take place early next year. It was said that Sah the groom’s family had demanded Rs. 35,000 as dowry which Sah was supposed to give during the Tilak ceremony today.
The dowry amount of Rs 35,000 that Sah had managed to collect was all in of 500 and 1000 rupee notes, which are now not in use. Sah was worried that the groom’s father may reject the amount of the now banned currency notes.
The tension over the uncertainty of his daughter’s wedding caused Sah to suffer a stroke, following which he was admitted to a local hospital. However, as his condition deteriorated, he was later rushed to Varanasi. Sah ran a small grocery shop for a living and is survived by his wife and six children, including four daughters.
The death of an infant near Mumbai after a hospital’s refusal to accept deposits in Rs 500 denominations has also been reported. A middle-aged homemaker in Telangana committed suicide on learning that bank notes of Rs 54.40 lakh she had stored in denominations of 1,000 and 500 rupees were “as good as waste paper”.
A 40-year old woman from Gorakhpur also died of shock upon learning that the banks would be no longer accepting Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.