A Woman Killed Over Dowry Every Hour in India
And conviction rate is just 32%
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 4, 2013 3:53 PM CDT
An Indian woman marches to the police commissioner's office to protest dowry harassment by her husband and in-laws, in Rajkot in the western Indian state of Gujarat.   ((AP Photo/File))

(Newser) – One woman dies every hour in India because of dowry-related crimes, indicating that the country's economic boom has made demands for dowries even more persistent, women's rights activists said yesterday. The National Crime Records Bureau says 8,233 women were killed across India last year because of disputes over dowry payments given by the bride's family to the groom or his family at the time of marriage. The conviction rate in dowry-related crimes remained a low 32%.

Dowry demands often continue for years after the wedding. Each year, thousands of young Indian women are doused with gasoline and burned to death because the groom or his family felt the dowry was inadequate. Indian law prohibits the giving or receiving of a dowry, but the centuries-old social custom persists. Women's rights activists and police said that loopholes in dowry prevention laws, delays in prosecution, and low conviction rates have led to a steady rise in dowry-related crimes.

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squiggysmom1
Sep 5, 2013 11:28 AM CDT
Indian women have got to unite against this and demand that they be able to marry whomever they want. Dowries are much more important in traditional Indian marriages than emotional connection. What's worse is that tradition also dictates that the new bride move into her in-law's home where she is often perceived as an outsider and a burden. Anyway, I thought the whole dowry thing was worked out before the marriage takes place?
Bartmaeus
Sep 5, 2013 3:12 AM CDT
How many unborn human beings are killed in India every hour, simply because they are female? And what is the ratio of male - female in India now as a result of this selective mass-killing? And who forced this abominable practice of widespread abortion and forced sterilization? The Malthusian elite of the Liberal establishment in the US. Greedy, racist pigs that they are. It is US policy for some time: http://nixon.archives.gov/virtuallibrary/documents/nssm/nssm_200.pdf And how stupid are the masses who support and defend these mass murderers of humanity! - who believe the lie that the "women's health" agenda is pro-woman, who are ignorant of the fact that aid to third world countries is conditional on imposing an abortion culture, that forced sterilizations and forced abortions are widespread? Read Robert Zubrin's article, if you care about "women's health isues" or basic human rights: http://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/the-population-control-holocaust
Who_Cares
Sep 5, 2013 3:04 AM CDT
I remember one of comedian joking: Do you know why Indian woman has those red dots on foreheads? So on wedding night, you take the dot off and you see what you got a laundry chain, Seven Eleven or some kind of other business.