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Now Increasing Incidents of #Dowry Related Violence and #Murders in #Kashmir

October 5, 2015

Death of woman who set herself ablaze sparks protest

Srinagar, 28 Sept 2015,

A 34-year-old, mother of two, set herself ablaze after prolonged domestic violence for dowry by her in-laws. After the neighbors found the woman in a critical condition, they took her to the hospital where she died. She had received 90 per cent burn injuries. “They used to harass her every day for dowry. On Friday afternoon, she called us and told us to visit her as her in-laws, including her husband, threatened to kill her. But by the time we reached there, the incident had taken place,” said a relative of the victim. Such incidents of dowry related murders or suicides, earlier unheard of in the state of Kashmir, are becoming more frequent now. There have been about 300 cases of dowry related violence reported in 2014. There have been three dowry related deaths since May this year.

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