Dowry Deaths – When Dowries lead to Violence and Murder

Dowry deaths - Vismaya Nair with her brother Vijith Nair

India’s dowry system originated thousands of years ago, at a time when women could not inherit property. Parents who wanted to provide financial security for their daughters, who would otherwise end up penniless, bestowed a dowry to them when they got married. This gift of property, jewellery or other assets would be registered in the … Read more

What are the different marriage wealth-exchange practices?

What are the different marriage wealth-exchange practices

Marriage wealth-exchange practices are strongly influenced by the economic modes of production (foraging, horticulture, pastoralism or intensive agriculture) of the society, the resulting relations of production and the possibility of wealth accumulation.