NEW DELHI — 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 said Tuesday.
The National Crime Records Bureau said 8,233 women were killed across India last year because of disputes over dowry payments given by the bride’s family to the groom or his family at the time of marriage. The conviction rate in dowry-related crimes remained a low 32 percent, according to bureau statistics.
Indian law prohibits the giving or receiving of a dowry, but the custom persists. Each year, thousands of Indian women are doused with gasoline and burned to death because the groom or his family felt the dowry was inadequate.