Dowry Deaths

Since 2012, there have been nearly 25 thousand dowry related deaths in India, alone. On average, roughly one married woman dies every hour because of a dowry-related incident in India. By definition, a dowry death is “the murder or suicide of a married woman caused by a dispute over her dowry.” This is to say that the groom and his immediate family value the gained wealth and ‘gifts’ received from the bride’s family so much that they are actually willing to commit murder or drive the wife to commit suicide because her family was not able to pay a sufficient amount. This is sickening! In a country whose culture is often thought to be so incredibly beautiful, it is difficult to think that there can be a tradition that places such greater value in material possessions than in the life of a wife.

PTI. “24,771 Dowry Deaths Reported in Last 3 Years: Govt.” The Indian Express. July 31, 2015. Accessed April 17, 2016.

Wikipedia, Source. Oxford Dictionaries: A Greek-english Lexicon, a Latin Dictionary, Brave New Words, Canadian. Place of Publication Not Identified: University-Press Org, 2013.

PTI. “Dowry Deaths: One Woman Dies Every Hour – Times of India.” The Times of India. September 1, 2013. Accessed April 17, 2016.


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