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Later with the growing pressures of the Islamite‟s upon India, position of women h ad further deterioted. They were to live in purdah. Her entire rights were snatched. She only retained her right of stridhan. Later the British had invaded India, they imposed taxes. As a result the position of women had further meliorated. Great reformers like Gandhi, Raja Ram Mohan Roy etc. fought for women freedom. It was only after 19 th century that women freedom and unity movement took momentum. After a lot of struggle in 1961, legislators passed the dowry prohibition act. In order to make it more effective and deterrent it was amended twice in 1984 and 1986(Sharma 2007:164-165). The effects of dowry system are many and varied but in almost all cases it is the girl‟s side which has to face the repercussions while the boy‟s side walks away from the issue unharmed, with their heads held high. When demands for dowry are not met, the bride is subject to torture, and often even killed. Most of the dowry deaths occur when the young women, unable to bear the harassment and torture, commit suicide. Most of these suicides are by hanging oneself, poisoning or by fire. Sometimes the woman is killed by setting her on fire which is known as „bride burning‟ and is disguised as accident to avoid criminal charges and punishment. Today dowry is not the innocent practice that it started out as but has turned into a social menace that cannot be reverted back to its original form; hence it must be eradicated from our society. ().Thus it is one of the most difficult and serious challenges to the present day society. Such a complex problem requires an integrated social endeavor to successfully overcome it. It has to be fought on various fronts, legal, social, educational, cultural and political. So many legal laws, penal laws etc. are available to check this phenomenon. So many anti-dowry processions and demonstrations are organized by voluntary groups. But this evil practice continues on unabated (Chitrasen 2006:190). Biblography
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Saira Salim, IJSRM Volume 05 Issue 10 October 2017 [] Page 7262 1. Ahuja, Ram. 2007. „Violence against women‟. Bride Burning, edited by Ram Ahuja, Rawat Publications. New Delhi 2. Arunimah, B. 2003. „The soft Target: Crime against women‟. The Weaker Half, edit ed by Arunimah Kilaso Publishers New Delhi. 3. Amar, Jesani. 1998. 'The Women's health and development, WHO Country Profile: India. Experience of women's organization with victims. New Delhi. 4. Bedabati, M. 2007. 'Violence against women', in Dowry problems, edited by Bedabati. Kanishka Publishers New Delhi. 5. Chitrasen. 2006. 'Violence against women and Human right',in Dowry and murder in India: The social evil' edited by Chitrasen. Alfa Publications. New Delhi. 6. Giri, Raj, S. 2006. 'The Encyclopaedia of Women's studies'. Harassment of women, edited by Giri Raj. Volume-1. Gyan Publishing House, New Delhi.
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