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NCJ Number: 115974 Find in a Library
Title: Dowry-Related Violence Towards Women -- Some Issues
Journal: Indian Journal of Social Work  Volume:49  Issue:3  Dated:(July 1988)  Pages:271-280
Author(s): B D Prasad; B Vijayalakshmi
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 10
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: India
Annotation: This article examines the Indian practice of dowry violence in which in-laws mistreat their sons' brides in order to obtain more money or valuable property from the bride's family or express their disapproval of the dowry provided by the bride's family.
Abstract: Violence is often perpetrated on a bride if her parents haven't met the bridegroom's family's demands for dowry, if they withhold part of the dowry, or if the dowry does not satisfy the bridegroom's family. Many dowry disputes end with the bride's death (often by burning) or with her suicide. Studies show that many dowry victims are young, dependent, and uneducated women in the early years of marriage. In order to outlaw dowry violence against women and to make the prosecution of such crimes easier, the Indian government has amended its Penal and Criminal Procedure Codes. In addition, the Dowry Prohibition (amendment) Act, 1984 made the offense cognizable while at the same time broadening the definition of dowry. The deterrent effect of the legislation has not yet been felt, and the authors argue that voluntary social pressures must be brought to prevent dowry-related violence against women. 20 references.
Main Term(s): Domestic violence causes
Index Term(s): India; Spouse abuse statutes
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