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Comparative Perspectives on Gender ViolenceLessons From Efforts Worldwide$
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Rashmi Goel and Leigh Goodmark

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199346578

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199346578.001.0001

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Coaxing Culture

Coaxing Culture

India’s Legislative Response to Dowry Deaths

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(p.99) 8 Coaxing Culture
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Comparative Perspectives on Gender Violence
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Rashmi Goel

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199346578.003.0008

This chapter examines the “cultural” phenomenon of dowry deaths—homicides and suicides brought on by increased dowry demands and harassment by grooms’ families. There are almost 10,000 dowry-deaths per year in India. In response, India’s legislature has incorporated specialized provisions in the criminal code that presume the fault of the husband and his family when the wife dies within seven years of marriage from unnatural causes and dowry harassment is shown. This chapter closely examines the dowry death phenomenon and how the legislation is carefully accounts for cultural factors and perceptions of women, marriage, and families. Grassroots and State educative efforts to eradicate dowry violence are also examined. Taken together, the legislative, grassroots and educative efforts, provide a clearer picture of measures to eradicate gender violence in India.

Keywords:   dowry deaths, India, bride burnings, cultural gender violence, joint family violence, dowry, anti-dowry legislation

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