Murder By Fire: 106,000 Women A Year (Video)
In 2009 the medical journal The Lancet published a study that made a shocking revelation. It revealed that in one year at least 106,000 young, married women were killed by fires their homes in India. These results were acquired by collating records of death by burns from hospitals. What this indicates is that there is possibly one woman killed by fire, every 5 minutes in India. As the Lancet study also noted, most dowry murders, including the ones with fire, are often staged as suicides or accidents, and kitchen “accidents” are the easiest to stage or explain away, hence the preference for the “burning” method. The study further noted that the police does not investigate or even file most of these cases.
Every year thousands of young women in India are brutally killed by their husbands and in-laws in what essentially are cold, premeditated, gang-murders. They are hanged, stabbed, shot, drowned, poisoned or doused with gasoline and set on fire. The last method is so prevalent that these murders are sometimes incongruously referred to as “bride-burnings.”
In the following T.V. interview 3 high-profile Indian women express their views on the Lancet report about the exploding phenomenon of dowry murders in India. The 3 women interviewed here are Shoba De (author), Indira Jaisingh (a high profile supreme court lawyer), and Girija Vyas (the ex-chairperson of the National Commission for Women in India). Watch the video below in 3 parts.
This is a special post to coincide with Anshu’s Singh’s birthday on October 06. Anshu Singh was a bright, young woman, with big dreams of a successful career and a happy family life, who was killed by her husband and in-laws, in their greed for dowry, just 6 weeks after her wedding. The 50 Million Missing Campaign has been supporting Anshu Singh’s father, Girendra Singh, in his fight for justice and we wish the family strength and courage to continue their fight till justice is done. Click here to read Anshu Singh’s story.