Need to reform laws related to dowry with changing dimensions of Indian society: A critical analysis
Over the most recent couple of decades, women in India have confronted the offences related to domestic violence, wife battering, cruelty, dowry and dowry death in a more intense form than the past. From time to time piecemeal changes have been brought about in the legislative framework in order to deal with issues and offences related to dowry. Numerous laws have been enacted and implemented to curb these dowry related crimes against women as well as to raise the status of women. In spite of such legislative efforts, the women are still being oppressed in the society because of the continuance of the evil of dowry which is somehow directly or indirectly responsible for most of other kinds of violence against women. The dowry prohibition laws aim to keep a check over the custom of giving and demanding dowry in connection to the marriage since this custom has acquired an ugly form of a tool of oppression and harassment of the bride and her parents. In many cases, the failure of bride‘s parents to meet dowry demands result in occurrence of some severe crimes against the brides like cruelty, dowry death, abetment to suicide etc. The non fulfillment of dowry demands result in coercion, harassment, infliction of mental and physical torture to women and in extreme cases they may be strangulated, poisoned or burnt alive.
Ravi. Need to reform laws related to dowry with changing dimensions of Indian society: A critical analysis. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Education and Research, Volume 7, Issue 3, 2022, Pages 17-21