Posted: 2:57 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013
By Rick Couri
The tradition in India of a brides family giving a dowry to the family of the groom has been outlawed for years.
But the practice still persists and it’s become more and more deadly.
Reports from India claim one woman is killed every hour due to disputes over how much her family has paid.
In many of those cases gasoline was thrown on the women and they were burned to death.
The National Crime Records Bureau in that nation says more than 8,200 women were killed in that situation last year.
Women's rights activists say things are getting worse because the cash demands for dowry’s has grown quickly and some go on for several years.
In many of those instances the groom and his family feel they were owed more.
The other side to this story has to do with the extremely poor conviction rates.
The same crime records bureau says only 32% of the cases end with a guilty verdict.
An activist in India says the problem reaches across all levels of wealth and poverty.
“Marriages have become commercialized. It’s like a business proposition where the groom and his family make exorbitant demands. And the wealthier the family, the more outrageous the demands,” she noted.