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The 50 Million Missing Campaign (www.50millionmissing.in) which is fighting female genocide in India lists Dowry Murders as one of the key forms of female homicide in India. Other issues we are dealing with are female feticide and female infanticide.
Currently in India, EVERY 20 MINUTES 1 YOUNG MARRIED WOMAN gets murdered for dowry. In a year more than 25000 young women are murdered this way. Most of these murders are gang-lynchings where the husband and his family, after extorting money from the bride's family, kill her, when their continuing demands are not met any more.
The methods of killing are many. In many cases the girls are doused with kerosene and set on fire. Or they force fed poison or acid. Or they are hanged.
Thousand of young women who survive these attempted murders live physically and psychologically scarred for life.
Dowry murders occur among all strata of society.
Here are two of the cases the 50 Million Missing Campaign has worked with.
One is the case of Roopa, a young woman whose husband and in-laws force fed her acid. Roopa's insides were burnt and she was in urgent need of internal surgery. She was wasting away and would die soon if she didn't get urgent medical help. The 50MM is a volunteer campaign and we don't have any funds. We liaise with other ngos and institutions to get victims the legal, medical, or other help they need. In Roopa's case no organization, not even the big international ones with big money were willing to take her on. So 50MM opened a direct fund for her family and raised the money in less than a week for her to get her surgery. Roopa lived. She even met with Gloria Steinem who was so impressed she took her autograph. Here's her case link: http://www.flickr.com/groups/50_million_missing/discuss/72157602121871114/
The other case is that of Anshu Singh. She was a young, highly educated woman who was working in a Multinational Company. She got killed within 45 of her wedding. It is an indicator that even education and economic independence don't seem to mitigate dowry murders. Here's her case link: http://www.flickr.com/groups/50_million_missing/discuss/72157623634728297/
In its fight against female genocide in India, the 50MM has marked DOWRY as its STRATEGIC TARGET. Read more about this "War" and join us on Facebook here