Dowry Law

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Year:
2003
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[Adam]

A young couple setting off

on the Indian dream,

a successful, prosperous life

together.

[people cheering]

[Adam]

It's the wedding season

in India,

thousands of young people

are getting married.

This lavish marriage

in a five-star hotel

has cost thousands of pounds.

Weddings in today's India

are increasingly

about conspicuous consumption,

spend it, flaunt it.

Across town, a Muslim ceremony

with the dowry out on show.

Gifts and cash

from the bride's father.

Muslims never used to give

dowries.

[man 1]

We have organized a motorbike,

it's a latest brand

of the LML Freedom that is.

We bought a cupboard

and a LG fridge,

plus you can say

21-inch a flat-front TV

with a Whirlpool

washing machine, suitcases,

bangles out here.

And the clothing

all the embroidered ones

for the boys as well girls

and for the relatives as well.

And a good bed over here

with the jewelleries,

and good gifts and everything,

whatever is possible.

[Adam]

The moment his daughter

was born,

the bride's father

started saving for this day.

No expense has been spared,

no detail overlooked.

The dowry will have

set his family back

a small fortune.

And for the groom's family,

it's bonanza time,

gifts all around.

The market's just driving dowry,

it's--

You know, it's like a new engine

to this whole thing of dowry.

And it's being driven

by the market,

it's being driven

by consumerism,

it's being driven by the feeling

that, "Okay, we want this

and this is an easy way

to get it."

[people chanting

in foreign language]

[Adam]

Dowry demands for money,

ultimatums and threats

can keep going

long after the wedding is over,

with constant pressure

on young brides

and their families.

[people chanting

in foreign language]

[Adam]

In Delhi, a special police unit

has been set up

to help young married women

who feel harassed.

[people muttering]

This is the way

women are treated?

[Adam]

It's busier than ever.

[speaking in foreign language]

[Adam]

Day after day,

brides come with their parents

complaining about demands,

about beatings

and mental torture.

In male-dominated

Indian society,

women here

seem to be fighting back.

Sir, go to hell!

Get out of here!

Behave yourself.

[Adam]

But they're up

against generations

of discrimination.

[Adam]

The dowry was outlawed

40 years ago,

but with the booming economy

it's now back with a vengeance.

Behind almost every case

are rows about dowry.

The officer in charge

is superintendent Vimla Mehra.

[speaking in Hindi]

One of the main problems is,

of course, dowry.

And I don't know why it happens,

because it seems that

more and more women come to us

that, "My husband is asking

for a scooter or a motor vehicle

or some jewellery or some money

so that he could start

his business."

Perhaps, it's one of

the easiest way to get money.

[speaking in Hindi]

[Adam]

A local journalist,

Smita Chaudhary,

has been watching dowry in India

surging back.

Another case has just come in.

This woman from Rajasthan

has brought her family

to the police station.

She claims one of her daughters

was killed

by her son-in-law's family.

Anju was burned to death

in the kitchen.

Her mother wants

the dowry back.

[Adam]

Three children?

[Smita]

Yes, she had three more sons

and the eldest of them

has gone mad

after that incident.

[Adam]

Her other daughter is married

into the same family

and the mother claims

she's now being harassed

for dowry as well.

[Smita]

She says I want justice

and I want all the money

which I've given for dowry.

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