Book Chapter or Conference Paper Title

Dowry-related abuse and dowry death

Document Type

Book Chapter

Book Title or Conference Proceedings Title

Gender-Based Violence: A Comprehensive Guide

Department

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan

Edition

1

ISBN

9783031056406

Editor

1

Publisher

Springer

City

Cham

Abstract

The practice of dowry is prevalent in many countries. It refers to transfer of money, property or gifts by a woman’s family to her husband upon marriage. Dowry traditions can differ across countries and cultures, and it is practised in many parts of the world. The practice of dowry in itself is not a form of abuse; however, receiving or not receiving dowry is associated with abuse. Any act of coercion, violence or harassment associated with the giving or receiving of dowry at any time before, during or after marriage, is a form of abuse. Dowry-related abuse commonly involves claims that dowry was not paid and coercive demands for further money or gifts from a woman and her extended family. This chapter aims to explore the concept and customs of dowry as practiced in different cultures. It explains dowry has its association with abuse, prevalence of the impact of dowry-related abuse and suggests interventions that can be used to address dowry related abuse.

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