Essay about Non Discriminatory Practices Of India

1160 Words Feb 18th, 2016 5 Pages
Discriminatory practices such as sati, child marriage, dowry killings and others are still present and prevent India from reaching gender equality. A practice named sati is executed at a much smaller scale nowadays, but nevertheless sati is still practiced in many parts of India. Sati is where recently widowed women are burned to death on her husband’s funeral pyre, a pile of wood where a corpse is burned. The practice is currently outlawed and illegal, yet it still occurs and is regarded by different societies as a valued form of demonstrating womanly devotion and sacrifice. Research by Guild for Service illustrates that for India as a whole, mortality rates among widowed women are 85% higher than among married women. Although the laws of India have improved, the mentality of the people still have not. Likewise, the dowry system has increased mortality rates and danger for women as well. Dowry was originally a gift of money or real estate by the parents for the daughter, allowing her to enter the marriage with her own wealth. It was viewed as a substitute for inheritance, a form of security for the daughter. Nowadays, dowry has transformed into a vital source of income for families desperate to meet financial needs. As a result, the dowry is currently a dreaded form of payment for many families, and grooms and their families are using this opportunity to demand high prices for marriage. The dowry demands occasionally surpass the marriage agreement. The inability of a wife…

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