07 APRIL 2020
Women : Dowry
Should our anti-dowry law shield husbands too?

The court decision prohibiting immediate arrests under IPC Section 498A meets the need for safeguards against false charges and enjoys the support of many, including a budding filmmaker. But does it come at a greater risk to genuine victims? Shoma Chatterji explores.

Films Gender Laws and Policy Laws Society

Why Pooja got 'mad'
Behind the entire media cacophony over Pooja Chauhan is a real story and a real person. The story is a familiar one. Of women, thousands of them, who are harassed over dowry or over the gender of the child they birth, particularly if she turns out to be a girl, writes Kalpana Sharma.

OP-ED Kalpana Sharma Kalpana's Commentary
Why dowry will not die
Given the lack of any news about dowry deaths, dowry violence or dowry demands, one would have thought that the problem had disappeared. Far from it. In fact, it has become far more entrenched and taken new forms. Dowry is a symptom of a deeper disease that relates to how our society values women, writes Kalpana Sharma.

OP-ED Kalpana Sharma Kalpana's Commentary
A murderous arithmetic
The 'importation' of brides from poorer states keeps dowry rates in Haryana high, despite alarming levels of female infanticide. Ranjit Devraj reports.

Hitting dowry for a six
Kalpana Sharma looks at the implications of the Nisha Sharma episode for our society.

Opinions OP-ED Kalpana Sharma Women Kalpana's Commentary
Marriage – A retail outlet
Indra Chopra looks at the dowry custom cloaked within current-day marriages.