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via The Human Impact

India’s greed for dowries lies at heart of many abuses against women

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The customs and traditions of our forefathers – performed during festivals and on special occasions such as births, weddings and funerals – can be beautiful, reminding us of a life past.

However, one custom in India has been exploited over the years so much that today it is directly responsible for the death of a woman every hour, and the mental and physical torture of countless others.

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      "Based in New Delhi, Nita Bhalla is correspondent for humanitarian affairs for the South Asia region for the Thomson Reuters Foundation. She primarily focuses on the impact of disasters and conflicts on local populations as well as good governance and women's rights issues. Prior to that, Bhalla worked as political and general news correspondent in India and before that, in Mauritius as correspondent for the Indian Ocean region. She started her career in journalism in 1999 with the BBC World Service in Ethiopia and has spent much of her time in Africa and Asia."
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