The Difference in #Domestic #Violence on #Women in #India and in the West

What’s the difference between domestic violence in India and in the west? One big factor is that in India domestic violence against women or even girls is always gang violence.  In the west, it is one man beating up on a woman.  In India,  it is a man and his entire family, his father, mother, brothers and sisters, not just beating up on his wife and abusing her in every way, but eventually when they cannot force any more money out of her parents in form of dowry, they plot and kill her.  That’s pre-meditated gang murder!  Even the killing of little girls after birth is a gang planning!

Secondly, where families and friends in western countries urge women to get out to safety, in India there is inordinate pressure from family and society on women to remain in the marriage even if they are financially able to get out, because the marriage is viewed as more important than the women’s safety and life! The following letter received by The 50 Million Missing Campaign is not uncommon to most cases of dowry violence and murder in India.


The 50 Million Missing Campaign receives many emails from Indian women sharing their problems and asking for advice. Two days ago we received a letter from a young woman, which we found very distressing.   The story in this letter is not uncommon and we’ve heard it repeating in too many homes in India.  This is why we are publishing this letter (with names and details concealed) with our advice to this young woman and to all women in this situation.  Please listen to our advice!

Below is the letter we received from this young woman:

I don’t know what to say.  Right now I am seriously very upset and I am not able to think what to do.  What decision should I take now?  Today my brother-in-law and his wife both have tried to kill me and my husband has also helped them.  They have been continuously torturing me…

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  1. “Today My Brother-in-Law and His Wife Both Have Tried to Kill Me…” | Indian Women's Rights

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