25,000 women died due to dowry in last two years, says govt

Around 25,000 women were either killed or committed suicide due to dowry harassment by their in-laws between 2012 and 2014, Union minister Maneka Gandhi said in the Lok Sabha on Friday.

Also, 30,000 cases of dowry were registered during the same period of time, she said in a written reply on implementation of Dowry Prohibition Act.

"As per National Crime Records Bureau data, a total number of 8,233, 8,083 and 8,455 cases were registered of dowry deaths in the country during 2012, 2013 and 2014 respectively," the women and child development minister said.

Similarly, 9038, 10,709 and 10,050 cases were registered under Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961 in the country during 2012, 2013 and 2014 respectively, she said.

The minister said all states except Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Mizoram and Nagaland, where the dowry system is not prevalent, have appointed Dowry Prohibition Officers.

"The government regularly conducts awareness programmes and public campaigns on various laws related to women including Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961 through workshops, fairs, cultural prgrammes, seminars, training programmes," she said.

Advertisements are also regularly brought out in print and electronic media to spread awareness on women rights and laws laws, the minister said.
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