ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Anti-Dowry Law Viewed from the Prison Cell

The "other side" of the dowry deaths story is not so familiar. What is the relevance of the anti-dowry law which puts the burden of proof on the defence, rather than the prosecution, in regions and states where the practice of dowry is not believed to be rampant? There is need for radical socio-economic transformation rather than legalistic remedies to the problem of atrocities on married women. The fate of families embroiled in the conflict over alleged dowry deaths is examined from within the four walls of the women's prison cell, without losing sight of the prevailing patriarchal-feudal values and attitudes in the society.

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