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Even though people are aware that dowry is a crime, the evil still exists in society. Recently, a young girl died by suicide after complaining of dowry harassment. In her case, there were 102 witnesses and 53 pieces of evidence including her voice note sent to her husband where she complains about the torture she faced from her in-laws.

Topic: Case Study

7. Even though people are aware that dowry is a crime, the evil still exists in society. Recently, a young girl died by suicide after complaining of dowry harassment. In her case, there were 102 witnesses and 53 pieces of evidence including her voice note sent to her husband where she complains about the torture she faced from her in-laws.

It’s not just her but several other women who face dowry threats and die because their families are not able to meet the dowry demands. The difference is that such incidents do not come to light as victims decide to keep shut about it.

As per research, in the last three years, there is a very low conviction rate and the sad part is that hardly anyone gets proven guilty in these cases.  

Many literate and developed states, high number of incidence of dowry cases. This shows, high rate of literacy has not been able to stop this menace. For example, with a 96.2% literacy rate, Kerala is India’s most literate state. According to the 2011 census reports, 96.11% of males and 92.07% of females are literate in the state.  However, a statistics report published by Kerala’s Economic and Statistics Department contradicts has revealed that cases of dowry-related deaths are touching the sky in the state. (250 words)

    1. Why is dowry so deeply entrenched in our society?
    2. What measures are needed to combat it?

 

Difficulty level: Moderate

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4 and part of ‘Case Study Fridays’ in Mission-2022 Secure.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Mention the deep entrenchment on the illegal practice of dowry.

Body:

  1. Write about various steps aimed and eradication and why dowry is still so deeply entrenched in our society.
  2. Mention the way to tackle dowry by further empowering women, creating awareness, holding guilty party accountable and increasing the rate of conviction.

Conclusion:

Conclude by summarising the need to rid our society of dowry.