Dowry Disgrace By Abigail Lavin

THE LARGEST PRISON in Delhi, Tihar Jail, has a “mother-in-law” cell block, currently home to roughly 120 women, some of whom are serving 20-year sentences for murdering their daughters-in-law. The majority of these crimes stem from disputes over dowry: A bride whose dowry payments are viewed as inadequate is burned to death by her in-laws or husband, the cause of death listed as “kitchen accident.” According to India’s National Crime Record Bureau, one dowry death is reported every 77 minutes. The bureau recorded 7,026 dowry deaths in 2005 alone.

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