DOWRY DEMAND and HARASSMENT: PREVALENCE and RISK FACTORS in India

Visalakshi Jeyaseelan, Shuba Kumar, L. Jeyaseelan, Shankar Viswanathan, Bijesh Kumar Yadav, Shrikant I. Bangdiwala

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Abstract

The practice of dowry is widespread in India and refers to the payment of cash/gifts by the bride's family to the bridegroom's family before marriage. Though prohibited by law, dowry is widely practised, and often contributes to severe injuries and even death of young brides. This study examined the prevalence and risk factors for dowry demand and dowry harassment and its psychosocial correlates across different social strata in India, and also by husband and mother-in-law characteristics. In a cross-sectional survey of 9938 women in rural, urban and urban non-slum sites across India conducted in 1998-99, dowry demand was found to be significantly higher (p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)727-745
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Biosocial Science
Volume47
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Jeyaseelan, V., Kumar, S., Jeyaseelan, L., Viswanathan, S., Yadav, B. K., & Bangdiwala, S. I. (2015). DOWRY DEMAND and HARASSMENT: PREVALENCE and RISK FACTORS in India. Journal of Biosocial Science, 47(6), 727-745. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021932014000571