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Dowry Murder In India: A Research Analysis

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Dowry murders have become a major problem in India’s society today. The physical violence on a bride and financial strain and stress on the family of the bride is outrageous. Everyday Dowry death cases all over India are reported. Dowry murders were banned in 1961 but the ban was never enforced. The number of dowry deaths is still rising today because the law against dowry is not enforced. Dowry is still happening in most Indian families. In India people like to stick to traditions even if it is illegal. The tradition of dowry murders has been carried on for decades. In India’s society today, Indian women are becoming more independent and India’s older generation and men do not like the fact that women of India are gaining more rights and more freedom.
Dowry is a tradition that runs throughout all of Indian society. Dowry is a tradition that the groom and his relatives demand cash, jewelry and other luxuries from the bride’s family. Upon marriage, the daughter is given household appliances for dowry such as furniture, TV’s, refrigerators and even clothing, cash and jewelry. It was given to show love and affection from the bride’s family and to ensure a joyful and happy life after they are married. The rich viewed dowry as a status symbol, but for the poor it is a sense of honor. Some people would say dowry is a curse for Indian society and disrespect for women in this situation. This tradition is a burden on the bride’s family but the groom and his family get to enjoy the fruits of their labor. The value of the dowry depends on the job the groom has at the time “ranging from 250,000 yen to 5 million yen or more in a country where a basic graduates salary starts from 6,250 yen” ( Women In India).When there is an arranged marriage no one cares about how smart, pretty or plain the girl is. All that matters is how much cash and luxuries she will bring to the family (Dowry System). When a women gets ready to marry the family of the bride usually goes all out with the dowry. It is almost like a competition to see which family is going to provide the most expensive and most lavish wedding. Even if the son-in-law is not worth giving dowry the parents still give it to his family, so that they can prove themselves to others that they have money and a high social status (Women in India). If the bride does not bring enough dowry to the family, she is usually tortured, burned to death or she commits suicide (Dowry System).
Dowry death is an increasing crime that is almost unique to India. According to data released by India’s National Crime Records Bureau, there are about 8,391 dowry deaths, which translates to about one death every hour (Dowry Increases). “People in India are aware of the fact that dowry is a social evil but it is still flourishing” (Women in India). The Indian people are so use to the tradition of dowry and the murders that follow it, that it doesn’t faze them anymore as being wrong; they see it as a way of life...

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