Women in these countries do not get much support from their male counterpart. The husband’s family will harass, threaten and sometimes kill the bride if her family cannot come up with the money or gifts . With the new wife out-of-the-way , the husband is free to remarry and get a new dowry from his new bride. In 2010 there were 8391 reported cases of dowry deaths in India alone.
In Pakistan although divorce is possible, it is claimed that some families decide instead to murder unwanted wives. In most cases of bride burning the woman is doused with kerosene, the helpless defenseless woman is then set on fire and is burned alive. The deaths are often reported as accidents. In many cases the police are told the victim was killed by an exploding stove and there is no prosecution. They opt for burning because the chances of prosecution is less.
Bride burning is a wicked, barbaric act. It is one of the most gruesome forms of human rights violation.
Marva Seaton is a Mom, Author, Blogger, and Poet. She is passionate about issues concerning woman and tries to highlight stories of those suffering abuse. She strongly believes in fairness, equality, and the empowerment of women.
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