Disputes and Violence Against Women in “Dowry”

In dowry disputes related to dowry sometimes result in violence against women, including killings and acid attacks.  In dowry the ongoing reality of dowry-related violence is an example of what can happen when dowry women are treated as property. In dowry brides unable to pay the high “price” to marry are punished by violence and often death at the hands of their in-laws or their own husbands. In dowry the declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women classifies violence against women due to dowry into three categories: that occurring in the family (DV) that occurring within the general community, and that perpetrated or condoned by the State.

In dowry family violence is defined as follows physical, sexual and psychological violence occurring in the family due to dowry, including battering, sexual abuse of female children in the household, dowry-related violence, marital rape, female genital mutilation and other traditional practices harmful to women, dowry non- spousal violence and violence related to exploitation. Dowry is widely considered to be both a cause and a consequence of son preference. In dowry the practice of dowry inevitably leads to discrimination in different areas against daughters and makes them vulnerable to various forms of violence. Dowry suggests this may lead to girls being unwanted, sex selective abortion, or her parents may abandon or mistreat her after she is born. UNICEF notes dowry helps perpetuate child marriage. In dowry the World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concern for dowry-related the study which argued that dowry deaths occur primarily in areas of the Indian subcontinent.  In dowry note the estimates for actual number of dowry deaths per year vary widely ranging from 600-750 homicides a year to 25,000 homicides a year, In dowry official government records suggesting 7,618 deaths in 2006, In dowry  yet few prosecutions and rare convictions for dowry-related violence against women for dowry.


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