India high court’s ‘disgruntled wives’ ruling tests dowry laws enacted to protect women

By Rama Lakshmi, July 30, 2014

NEW DELHI — Roughly 8,000 women in India died violent deaths in 2013 because their families were unable to cough up the demands for more dowry, according to government statistics.

Such deaths have been a longtime problem for India and explain why the country passed a series of laws against dowry in the 1980s to protect against this form of violence.

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