News By/Courtesy: Ragini M | 27 Jul 2020 13:33pm IST

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  • Where the death of the woman is caused by any burns or bodily injury or that occurs otherwise from the normal circumstances within the seven years of her marriage.
  • The commission of dowry death is punishable under section 304-B Indian Penal Code. Section 304-B is a special provision that was inserted by the amendment in1986 to deal with dowry deaths.
  • In January 2020 the silicon valley of India reported 17 cases of abuse and death of the women for dowry.

Dowry Death – 21 lives lost every day in India but the conviction rate less than 35%.


Where the death of the woman is caused by any burns or bodily injury or that occurs otherwise from the normal circumstances within the seven years of her marriage. If she was subjected to the cruelty or harassment by her husband or their relatives or any other in connection with, any demand is made for dowry such death is called dowry death.


The commission of dowry death is punishable under section 304-B Indian Penal Code. Section 304-B is a special provision that was inserted by the amendment in1986 to deal with dowry deaths.


This section has four essentials :


>> The death of the women should be caused by a burn or bodily injury or otherwise than under normal circumstances.
>> The death of the women should have occurred within the seven years of her marriage.
>> She must have been subjected to cruelty or harassment by her husband or any relative of her husband.
>> Such cruelty or harassment should be for or in connection with the demand for dowry.
>> Such cruelty or harassment the deceased should have been subjected soon before her death.


A clear statement of the deceased that she was forced to commit suicide due to harassment of dowry demand by the husband and her statements being fully corroborated by other pieces of evidence, it could well be presumed that it was only harassment which resulted in the death, a conviction under section 304-B and 498-A id proper and justified.


Every day twenty-one dowry death cases are reported across the country. however, the conviction rate is less than 35 %. According to the report of The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in 2015, as many as 7634 women died in the country due to dowry harassment. Women were either burnt alive or forced to commit suicide over dowry death.


The report reveals that after the registration of the dowry death police have the charge sheet around 93.7 % of the accused. But only 34.7 percent have been convicted. And the remaining cases are pending in various other courts.


In 2017 According to Delhi police, 31 women died due to dowry harassment. The crime rate is being increased every passing year. In 2016 around 3877 cases of cruelty by in-laws and husbands were registered in Delhi.


The dowry system is not only the problem in the rural areas, but even the literate families in metropolitan cities like Bangalore are also harassing women for not getting enough money or valuables.

In January 2020 the silicon valley of India reported 17 cases of abuse and death of the women for dowry. The families often demand more dowry after marriage which results in mental and physical harassment that can lead to suicide or murder of the bride. Dowry has not only turned out to be a bane for women but even for their families who often find it hard to arrange the money.


This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion etcetera. this article is based purely on the author's personal views and opinions in the exercise of the fundamental right guaranteed under Article 19(1)(a) and other related laws being a force in India, for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 27 Jul 2020 19:46pm IST


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