Judge Says Sunita’s is not a Dowry Murder Because Her Marriage May be Illegal?

sunita dowryNew Delhi, March 07, 2014

This case may be a bitter warning to all women in India contemplating marriage and to their parents!

In 1997 Sunita who was married to Rajbir was burnt to death.  She suffered 90% burns.  Her parents went to court saying she was being harassed for dowry and had been burnt to death.  This has become a prevalent practice in India and a 2009 report (see below) estimated that about 106,000 women were burnt to death this way. (SEE BELOW)

However more 17 years after the incident, a court today said Sunita’s death couldn’t be established as dowry related murder, as her marriage to Rajbir was her second marriage and may not have been valid!

IS THIS JUSTICE FOR SUNITA? WHY SHOULD THERE BE A SEPARATE PRECEDENT FOR DOWRY RELATED VIOLENCE AND MURDER? WHY ISN’T VIOLENCE AND MURDER OF WOMEN A  CRIME REGARDLESS OF WHAT PRECIPITATES IT?

http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/can-t-be-held-for-dowry-harassment-if-marriage-is-doubtful-114030700847_1.html

Sunita’s Case file here http://indiankanoon.org/doc/1527429/

106000 WOMEN BURNT TO DEATH IN INDIA IN 1 YEAR

http://genderbytes.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/video-murder-by-fire-100000-women-a-year/

5 IMPORTANT ADVICE FOR WOMEN BLACKMAILED FOR DOWRY

http://genderbytes.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/5-important-advices-for-women-being-blackmailed-for-dowry/

PLEASE READ THE DOWRY RELATED LAWS BELOW IF YOU ARE GETTING MARRIED IN INDIA. 

http://genderbytes.wordpress.com/2010/11/22/dowry-laws-every-indian-must-know/

RISE IN WEALTH IN INDIA BRINGS RISE IN DOWRY MURDERS

http://genderbytes.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/rise-in-wealth-brings-rise-in-dowry-murders-to-assam/

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