Over 8,000 Indian Women a Year Killed due to Insufficient Dowries!

Posted: September 8, 2013 in Uncategorized
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New Delhi: Marriage is one of the most holy and sacred ceremonies in the Indian society, but horror of the dowry system has made it look like one of the most feared institutions. The scourge of dowry is now emerging as the commonest criminal method of extortion which works with infliction of torture, violence, blackmail and many a time, murder of the bride.

The evil custom of dowry is spreading like wildfire in India with communities, which never traditionally practised dowry, now jumping on the bandwagon. The dowry system is thought to put great financial burden on the bride’s family which makes one of the reasons for families and women in India resorting to sex selection in favour of sons. Even after marriage, some brides are tortured and forced to bring more and more dowry from their parents’ house. If they fail, they are tortured and finally killed.

Some believe dowry was not a part of the Indian marriage before European influence crept into the society. The earliest example of Europeans practising the dowry in India was the case of Mumbai, which was presented as part of the dowry when Princess Catherine de Braganza of Portugal was married to King Charles II in 1661.




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