According to the latest crime statistics, one woman is burnt every hour for dowry. And these are only the reported cases. Why is there an increase in dowry deaths instead of a decline? Why does the custom persist despite campaigns by women’s groups to oppose it?
What is needed to create awareness again about the way women continue to be treated as commodities in the marriage market?
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Kalpana Sharma is an independent journalist and columnist whose career has spanned four decades. She worked for many years with The Hindu, where she continues to write a column, “The Other Half” every fortnight.
She has also worked with Times of India, Indian Express and Himmat Weekly. She is currently associated with the Economic and Political Weekly. Her areas of focus are environmental and developmental issues, urban issues and gender.
Kalpana Sharma is the author of “Rediscovering Dharavi: Stories from Asia’s Largest Slum” (Penguin, 2000). She has co-edited with Ammu Joseph “Whose News? The Media and Women’s Issues” (Sage 1994/2006) and “Terror Counter Terror: Women Speak Out” (Kali for Women 2003). She has recently edited “Missing: Half the Story, Journalism as if Gender Matters” (Zubaan, 2010).