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Kathy Yip SWMS 215g Response Paper 3 March 30, 2011 Marriage in India Over the last two decades, reports that men murder their wives over the issue of inadequate dowry have shocked the world. These recent incidents of bride burning are a shocking example of the new forms of violence against women that are arising in modern settings in many areas of the world. This is a growing issue because we’re in modern times right now, and this isn’t supposed to be happening; it is more understandable if it happened in a traditional and ancient setting, however, this is not the case and conveys that not much has been done to protect women’s rights. Women have tried to flee dowry harassment or attempted burning. These events perpetuate the traditional lack of female control over family property and marriage arrangements, and now females have lost power in another important sphere, the power women could traditionally exercise through their fertility. Dowry systems in India are associated with socioeconomic stratification and the concerns of kin groups with maintaining or enhancing social status through marriage.
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