In northern India the strict marital norms have contributed diminishing the social status of women and in certain communities throughout the region and have led to the absolute requirement for women to marry. The requirement of marriage allows for families of husbands to demand outrageous dowries at the time of marriage arrangement and continue to demand money and valuable goods throughout in the course of the marriage. Brides within this population are abused, tortured and murdered as the result of unmet financial and material demands of the in-laws.
Faced with this conundrum, many families have resorted to female infanticide and sex-selective abortions. The inability to afford the dowry demands has also led to the increased number of sex-selective abortions in northern India.
|School Location:||United States -- District of Columbia|
|Source:||MAI 50/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social research, Womens studies, South Asian Studies|
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