Love Several of the practitioners we interviewed during fieldwork told us that one of the biggest and most common of problems in so-called ‘dowry cases’ is an absence of understanding between husbands and wives.
Part I I first met Mohini and Naresh in the summer of 2006. They were referred to me by two young researchers whom they had encountered at the New Delhi offices of the National Commission for Women (NCW).
Individualism versus loyalty In a society where marriage tends to be a fixed expectation, it seems that many are simply not prepared for this. Increasing numbers, like Akhil, are asserting their individualism.
Our journey together Media coverage of the ‘dowry problem,’ both in India and in the international media, has grown dramatically since the dowry death of Tarvinder Kaur in 1979. At times, it seemed that hardly a day would pass by without chilling reports of extortion, of ill-treated wives and of their unnatural dowry deaths.
I have known Shalini since our early childhood days when we were neighbours in Bangalore. We were complete contrasts: I was chirpy, talkative and notorious, and she was quiet and shy, almost withdrawn. She came from a traditional Hindu, upper-middle class Telugu-speaking family and lived with her parents and her elder brother. She had few
The solemnisation of a marriage is an important social function all over the world. In Indian society, it has more significance because, as stated elsewhere, it creates a bond not only between two individuals but also between two families.