One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in South Asia) the murder or suicide of a married woman caused by a dispute over her dowry.
- ‘There were 512 dowry deaths in 23 cities across India in 2000.’
- ‘He is pained by every report of dowry death in newspapers wherever he is located and feels that his mission is incomplete.’
- ‘It is well recognised that in crimes such as rape, molestation, dowry deaths, kidnapping and so on, victims would be more forthcoming if questioned by women police.’
- ‘Whether it is honour killings, dowry deaths or defacement, the motivation is identical - the desire to assert power, full control, over another person.’
- ‘We talk of the numbers of victims - so many rapes per day, so many dowry deaths in a year, so many cases of female infanticide, instead of citing statistics about the perpetrators of these crimes.’
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