One woman an hour killed in dowry rows
ONE woman dies every hour in India because of dowry-related crimes, indicating that the country's economic boom has made demands for dowries even more persistent, women's rights activists have said.
The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) says 8,233 women were killed in India last year in rows over dowry payments by the bride's family to the groom or his family at the time of marriage.
The conviction rate for the crimes remains a low 32pc, according to NCRB statistics.
Indian law prohibits giving or receiving a dowry, but the centuries-old custom persists.
Each year, thousands of young women are doused with gasoline and burned to death because the groom's family felt the dowry was inadequate.