Dowry-Related Abuse and Dowry Death

Tazeen Saeed Ali, Zohra Jetha, Shagufta Parveen, Parveen Ali, Michaela M. Rogers

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The practice of dowry is prevalent in many countries. It refers to transfer of money, property or gifts by a woman's family to her husband upon marriage. Dowry traditions can differ across countries and cultures, and it is practised in many parts of the world. The practice of dowry in itself is not a form of abuse; however, receiving or not receiving dowry is associated with abuse. Any act of coercion, violence or harassment associated with the giving or receiving of dowry at any time before, during or after marriage, is a form of abuse. Dowry-related abuse commonly involves claims that dowry was not paid and coercive demands for further money or gifts from a woman and her extended family. This chapter aims to explore the concept and customs of dowry as practiced in different cultures. It explains dowry has its association with abuse, prevalence of the impact of dowry-related abuse and suggests interventions that can be used to address dowry related abuse.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGender-Based Violence
Subtitle of host publicationA Comprehensive Guide
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783031056406
ISBN (Print)9783031056390
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023


  • Custom
  • Dahez
  • Domestic violence
  • Dowry gifts
  • Marriage transaction
  • Parental property
  • South Asia


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