Deciphering Dowry Deaths in India

Renu Agarwal
2018 Contemporary Social Sciences  
Dowry is the money or property that a wife or wife's family gives to her husband when the wife and husband marry in some cultures. Dowry refers to the property, money, ornaments or any other form of wealth which a man or his family receives from his wife or her family at the time of marriage. Dowry is both a practice and a problem with Indian marriage" The payment of dowry has long been prohibited under specific Indian laws including the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961 and subsequently by Sections
more » ... 04B and 498A of the Indian Penal Code. The law was widely abused and in 2014, the Supreme Court ruled that arrests can only be made with a magistrate's approval.When one speaks of gender inequality in the India, dowry system can be considered the catalyst for this issue. Twenty-one dowry deaths are reported across the country every day, but the conviction rate is only 34.7 per cent. Most dowry deaths occur when the young woman, unable to bear the harassment and torture, commits suicide. Most of these suicides are by hanging, poisoning or by fire. In this context it is necessary to understand the extent of dowry related violence and the resultant efforts made by the sufferers to stop control or overcome. The present paper is an attempt to decipher dowry deaths in India. It has been stressed that such a complex problem requires an integrated social endeavour to successfully overcome it. It has to be fought on various fronts, legal, social, educational, cultural and political. So many legal laws, penal laws etc. are available to check this phenomenon. So many anti-dowry processions and demonstrations are organized by voluntary groups. But this evil practice continues on unabated [
doi:10.29070/27/57476 fatcat:isi4gkiom5ffponsba4l5bqpcq