Hundreds of UK women suffer dowry violence

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Hundreds of UK women suffer dowry violence
21st October 2014

A dowry is a scenario in which a woman's family pays her future grooms family in before their marriage.

It may seem old fashioned, but among many communities it is still an important tradition in weddings. And usually a happy tradition, however abuse of that dowry is an issue.

This can happen when wives are beaten and even tortured by their husband's family for not paying enough of a dowry.

Hundreds of women in Britain suffer this domestic abuse, which is widely unheard of.

To discuss this further is Polly Harrar, Founder, The Sharan Project, which works with ethnic-minority women experiencing dowry-related violence and Sulema Jahangir, who is a lawyer and deals with dowry-related cases.

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