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.
One cannot continue to raise the twentieth-century objections in the twenty-first century for not declaring child marriage void. It is necessary that to create a jurisprudentially sound situation; an act which is an offence should be illegal. If the law declares child marriages void, the parents would be compelled to think twice before arranging the
A young girl does not have much understanding of what is happening in her life when she is married off. A major decision about her life is taken by the older members in the family on her behalf. Neither is she able to express her wishes nor is her opinion asked for.
Around the world, there are many adolescents who are sexually active, some within marriage and others outside marriage. In many developing countries sexual relations and pregnancy become socially, culturally, and legally acceptable only if they occur within marriage.