India: Till Death Do Us Part

India: Till Death Do Us Part

^ In April 1989, Shalini Malhotra, 20, a Delhi newlywed, was beaten and doused in whiskey and then set aflame. Four days later, after accusing her husband, she died of her burns. Women's rights organizations were quick to label it a "dowry death," the murder of a newlywed because she does not bring enough money to the marriage. Before her death, Malhotra told authorities that her husband Praveen had been pressuring her family to give him money to start a business. Malhotra had resisted this request.

Her murder is cited as one of 110 such dowry deaths in Delhi last year,...

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