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Dowry Murders Out of Control

July 20, 2010

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These three chilling reports from the Times of India [below] are typical of the many accounts of dowry-related deaths that take place in the country every year. One cannot help but be struck by the offhand way in which a young woman’s life and death is summed up, matter of factly, without any undue cause for alarm or probing of the causes. It is much as one would report a traffic accident or the death of a cancer patient—tragic certainly, but such things are to be expected.

The character of the articles points to the fact that the harassment, beating and in some cases murder of women over dowry is both common and commonly ignored or even tacitly condoned in official circles—by the police, the courts, politicians and media. These crimes are not isolated to particular groups, social strata, geographical regions or even religions. Moreover, they appear to be on the rise.

May 27: Young housewife burnt alive for dowry

LUCKNOW: For nineteen-year-old Rinki dreams of a happily married life was never to be. Barely a month after her marriage, she was allegedly tortured and then set ablaze by her in-laws for dowry.

June 7: Woman ends life due to dowry harassment

HAVERI: Dowry harassment claimed yet another life here recently. Jyoti, married to Ajjappa Siddappa Kaginelle in Guttal village had taken her life after being allegedly harassed by her husband, mother-in-law Kotravva, sister-in-law and father-in-law for more dowry.

June 7: Body found floating

HAVERI: The police said that a woman’s body was found floating in a well at Tilawalli . The deceased has been identified as Akhilabanu Yadawad (26). In spite of dowry being given, her husband and his family tortured her to bring some more dowry. Her father, in his complaint, alleged that she was killed by them.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Prof.K.Prabhakar permalink
    July 31, 2010 6:52 pm

    A great crime on humanity and women hood is the practice of dowry. Let is take really serious measures to eradicate this practice as for every 20 minutes a woman is murdered in the name of dowry and the culprits escape due to lax attitude of enforcement authorities.

  2. Dianne permalink
    August 23, 2010 5:32 am

    I well remember reading a headline in Rajasthan years ago]
    reading further, the womans mother in law and husband were already on a charge with attempting to murder this woman but were out on bail.
    still the TOI reported this incident as if there was nothing at all out of the ordinary, that was 15 years ago and nothing has changed in the way the murder of women is reported in India (unless it is to blame the woman)

  3. Sushil Bhardwaj permalink
    September 9, 2010 3:31 am

    Wall of secrecy is about every type of torture at every step in a girl/woman’s life. Be it maltreatment, less food, deprivation in general, withdrawal from school, early marriage, cruel husband , cruel in laws, unfaithful husband, maltreating son and/or whatever. It is women, who think they would be shaming their families and themselves if they speak up, they cover up their blue beaten up limbs and say they had fallen and hurt themselves. All burden of keeping IZZAT of the family is only on them and as long as they keep quiet, these heinous crimes against them will continue.
    I am glad this book was written and hope it wakes up women to not to accept injustice quietly.

  4. sid permalink
    April 23, 2012 3:04 am

    arranged marriage is at fault here. Mostly. Why marry if the man didn’t love his wife? Greed for money only.

    this is depressing.

    • April 27, 2012 10:39 am

      Yes, we’ve found that that this is true mostly in cases of arranged marriages. But there is a new phenomenon now spreading where it’s happening even in love marriages, as with cases we’ve dealt with too. But you are right — the men don’t love their wives even if it is a love marriage!

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