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Monday, October 24, 2011

NSS Students Rally Against Dowry

Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat Education official facebook page reports on NSS students' rally against dowry. This is just one of several rallies by NSS students to educate the local villagers on important social topics.

Though prohibited by law in 1961, the extraction of dowry from the bride's family prior to marriage still occurs. When the dowry amount is not considered sufficient or is not forthcoming, the bride is often harassed, abused and made miserable. This abuse can escalate to the point where the husband or his family burn the bride, often by pouring kerosene on her and lighting it, usually killing her. The official records of these incidents are low because they are often reported as accidents or suicides by the family. In Delhi, a woman is burned to death almost every twelve hours. The number of dowry murders is increasing. In 1988, 2,209 women were killed in dowry related incidents and in 1990, 4,835 were killed. It is important to reiterate that these are official records, which are immensely under reported. The lack of official registration of this crime is apparent in Delhi, where ninety percent of cases of women burnt were recorded as accidents, five percent as suicide and only the remaining five percent were shown as murder.

According to Government figures there were a total of 5,377 dowry deaths in 1993, an increase of 12% from 1992. Despite the existence of rigorous laws to prevent dowry-deaths under a 1986 amendment to the Indian Penal Code (IPC), convictions are rare, and judges are often uninterested and susceptible to bribery. Recent newspaper reports have focused on the alarming rate of deaths of married women in Hamirpur, Mandi and Bilaspur districts in the state of Himachal Pradesh.

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Above: Students of Kripalu Mahila Mahavidyalaya (University founded by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj) rallying against dowry. Visit and like the official page of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat Education for more pictures.

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