WOMEN AS DOWRY VICTIMS: A LEGAL STUDY

Deepa Muduli

Abstract


Women are victimized from womb to tomb. One of the means of victimization is demand for dowry and also killing for dowry this talk is true in case of dowry. The parents worry for the future which starts from the birth of the girl child because of dowry only. “If I don’t kill her today; tomorrow she will kill me financially or someone else will burn her for the sake of dowry”. This is the rationalization of a would-be-father of a female child, at the time of deciding a premature end for her. Dowry is the payment of cash or kind by the bride’s family to the bridegrooms family along with the giving away of the bride in Indian marriage. To improve the condition of the women in society, the Government has taken many steps, enacting  the specific provisions like The Dowry Prohibition Act 1961, Indian Penal Code, 1860 aim at prohibiting the demand, giving and taking of dowry, In spite of several legislations the practice of dowry and the phenomena of dowry deaths still prevail in India.


Keywords


Dowry, Dowry death, legislation, status of women.

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