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Dowry deaths: A young woman dies because her husband wanted a better car

Vismaya Nair, 22 years old, died as a result of a dowry dispute less than a year after her wedding

Dowry deaths: A young woman dies because her husband wanted a better car

Vismaya Nair, 22 years old, died as a result of a dowry dispute less than a year after her wedding

Dowry deaths: A young woman dies because her husband wanted a better car

Vismaya Nair, 22 years old, died as a result of a dowry dispute less than a year after her wedding

Dowry deaths: A young woman dies because her husband wanted a better car

Vismaya Nair, 22 years old, died as a result of a dowry dispute less than a year after her wedding

“Dowry deaths” are a form of violence against women, and India has by far the highest number in the world.

In 2019, over seven thousand women died in cases related to dowry disputes, either at the hands of their husbands or in-laws, or by suicide following extreme harassment and abuse. In some years, it’s even more. And those are only the deaths that are reported to the police – the real figure is probably far higher.

Section 304B of the Indian Penal Code treats a woman's death in her marital home within seven years of marriage as a possible dowry death that needs to be investigated. It’s an indication of just how serious this problem is: any dissatisfaction on the part of the groom or his family regarding dowry can lead to serious mental, physical, or emotional abuse.

In some cases, it leads to murder or suicide – as in the three cases in Kerala earlier this week.

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