Rise in #Wealth Brings Rise in #Dowry #Murders to #Assam
January 2013, Assam
While most efforts to stop dowry violence by the government and NGOs in India continue to promote the idea that poverty and illiteracy are the cause, the fact of the matter is that the opposite is true. An increase of wealth and education actually fuels an increase in dowry demands, and consequently there’s more dowry related violence, and dowry related murders of women, as again evidenced from the state of Assam in NE India. [Also see the article 'Why Education and Economics are not the Solution to India's Female Genocide']
Below is a clip from a popular T.V. show Satyameva Jayate, in 2012, hosted by Bollywood actor, Aamir Khan, on the the practice of dowry in India, where a young person from the state of Assam talked about the absence of this practice in his state. Well that was true at one time! However that’s changing!
The State Home Department record shows that in 2012, there were 446 dowry-related murders in Assam. While in 2011 there were 121 dowry related ‘deaths’ recorded in the state. Shilpi Hazarika, a researcher of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences in New Delhi, says “Dowry-related deaths are on the rise in the state. Earlier, there was hardly a case related to dowry in the state.”
What explains this sudden prevalence and rising rate of dowry murders in a state that never even had the practice of dowry? One police officer explains, “All this is a result of the changing lifestyles in our society. The situation is only expected to get worse as the people want to find out new ways of earning easy money in a region that has for such a long time been considered a part of the country’s economic backwaters.”
In other words, an increase in wealth, and education, so-called ‘development’ parameters are closely associated with increase in dowry related violence and murders in India! Incidentally the lowest rates of incidents of dowry violence are in the least ‘developed’ regions! Futhermore, a rise in dowry violence and murders, is immediately followed with a rise in female feticide and infanticides in India, and subsequent drop in gender ratio. This is to be the expected pattern for Assam as well.
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