Australia set to become the first country outside India to have dowry law

According to media accounts, Australia is set to become the first country outside India to have laws targeting dowry abuse.


A dowry is a transfer of parental property, gifts or money at the marriage of a daughter.  Dowry contrasts with the related concepts of bride price and dower. While bride price or bride service is a payment by the groom or his family to the bride's parents, dowry is the wealth transferred from the bride's family to the groom or his family, ostensibly for the bride. - Wikipedia

 
There have been lot of discussions on the topic and how Non Resident Indian (NRI) men living in the west, including those with Australian citizenship command higher dowries. Turns out, some unscrupulous men are taking advantage of this.
The Australian Government is preparing legislation that will target unscrupulous husbands extorting dowry money from the families of their wives. The move coincides with a new report revealing the extent of domestic abuse suffered by migrant women.
Her murder came after years of violence, with the Victorian Coroner finding Beniwal had slapped her on the face, kicked her in the stomach, thrown empty glass bottles at her, and burnt her arm with hot tongs.  
It all started with the exchange of a dowry, with the coroner finding "the initial discord within the marriage was the result of Mr Beniwal's family's demands for additional dowry".  
"The Australian experience is mirroring the experience back in India, where every year about 8,000 to 8,500 murders are being recorded," Dr O'Connor warned.
Deepshikha Godara, who was murdered by her husband in 2014.
PHOTO: Deepshikha Godara was murdered by her husband in 2014.(Supplied)
 
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