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.
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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