Cold statistics of Dowry harassment and deaths in India


While a prison sentence was typically reserved for the male sex, India’s jails are now home to an inmate of a different kind, the female kind.


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Although most offenders still go unpunished,  the central jail in New Delhi now has a wing for mothers-in-law accused of murdering or torturing their daughters-in-law for dowry. Andhra Pradesh is creating jail facilities for women, clearly anticipating an influx of female prisoners. The overwhelming majority of female prisoners is convicted for dowry harassment, a rising phenomenon across India.  The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data clearly reveal that dowry harassment cases and dowry murders are on the up.

Needless to say, it is not just the mothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, co-sisters and aunts that are at fault, men still being the dominant factor in dowry related misconduct. The numbers speak for themselves with dowry deaths jumping  46% between 1995 and 2005. In 2005 it was calculated that  a total of 6,787  dowry related homicides  took place. This grew to 8172 dowry death cases registered in India in 2008. Grave as these numbers are, experts believe they are just the tip of the iceberg with the vast majority of cases going unreported. In fact, Himendra Thakur of the International Society Against

Dowry and Bride-Burning  estimated that number to be nearer 25,000 women a year and this was in 1999! These numbers also do not take into account maiming and physical harm, let alone psychological abuse.On the other hand, some attribute the stark increase simply to women’s organizations stimulating women to report misconduct to the authorities. Fact remains that India is struggling to come to terms with the ancient practice of dowry even though the  practice was banned in 1961.

Fast facts:

  • Conviction rate dowry cases 2008: 33%
  • Officially recognized dowry deaths in 1994: 5199
  • Officially recognized dowry deaths in 2005: 6,787
  • Officially recognized dowry deaths in 2008: 8,172
  • Estimated number of cases of dowry death and maiming in 1999: 25,000
  • Cases of torture and cruelty towards women in 2010: 90,000

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6 Responses to Cold statistics of Dowry harassment and deaths in India

  1. My Say says:

    I believe more than stringent laws .. spiritual awakening is important !! this is a proper degradation of human brains which yields to such deadly crimes.Think about the mental state of the offender !!

    • adz25 says:

      Well at first this sort of crime exsists due to the laws being weak and parents willing to do this sort of transaction and not reporting it as a crime!
      Husbands who take dowry should know that he has lost the self respect!, is not capable to marry
      so called “tradition and customs ” have ruined the justice that women deserve.

  2. Harsha says:

    Dowry for so long has been a major problem in the society..The guilty is not only the one who takes dowry but also the one who gives it..Even living in this modern era people in India is just not able to let go this social stigma from the society…
    Nice Eye opening Post..

    • adz25 says:

      Yes indeed ur right. The one who takes part or asks both are doing the same crime . Holding the rope at two ends in short.Modern Era has bought changes buddy they are now demanding luxury cars , LCD tv etc..

      • Harsha says:

        Yup you are with changes Dowry has changed from demand of Land,Money to Cars,LCD and all modern technologies and they are losing their morals…

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