Dowry-Murder, Female Infanticide & Sex-Selective Abortions in Northern India
Petrazzuolo, Nicole Ann
DOWRY-MURDER, FEMALE- INFANTICIDE & SEX-SELECTIVE ABORTIONS INNORTHERN INDIANicole Petrazzuolo, B.S.MALS Mentor: Kazuko Uchimura, Ph.D.ABSTRACTIn northern India the strict marital norms have contributed diminishing thesocial status of women and in certain communities throughout the region andhave led to the absolute requirement for women to marry. The requirementof marriage allows for families of husbands to demand outrageous dowriesat the time of marriage arrangement and continue to demand money andvaluable goods throughout in the course of the marriage. Brides within thispopulation are abused, tortured and murdered as the result of unmetfinancial and material demands of the in-laws.Faced with this conundrum, many families have resorted to femaleinfanticide and sex-selective abortions. The inability to afford the dowrydemands has also led to the increased number of sex-selective abortions innorthern India.
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