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Indian woman burnt to death over dowry demands - report

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 2 Aug 2011 12:09 GMT
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NEW DELHI (TrustLaw) - A 27-year-old woman in northern India was burnt to death by her husband and in-laws for not fulfilling dowry demands, the Hindu reported on Tuesday, despite the brutal practice of dowry being outlawed in India.

According to the report, the woman - from the largely traditional, patriarchal state of Uttar Pradesh - was set on fire by her husband and his parents.

"The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital where she died during treatment," the daily newspaper said.

Experts say the most common reported form of domestic violence in India is dowry-related, where women are abused and beaten and even killed by their in-laws for not bestowing enough gifts or money on their husbands or in-laws at the time of marriage.

Many dowry-related deaths are due to so-called "stove burnings" in which in-laws pour kerosene over the women and set them alight, and then claim it as a kitchen accident.

Although the practice of demanding and giving dowry during and after weddings is banned in India, the custom still prevails among many families.

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