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Begum, A. (2014). Dowry in Bangladesh: a search from an international perspective for an effective legal approach to mitigate women’s experiences. Journal of International Women's Studies, 15 (2), 249-267.

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Journal of International Women’s Studies


For some 40 years, Bangladesh has fought a losing battle against the existence of dowries and their associated abuse with no indication of even a minimal impact as dowry demands inflate and violence increases. In one year alone, dowry related violence claimed the lives of 325 women and contributed to 66.7 per cent of the violent incidents against women. This article aims to investigate the appropriateness and effectiveness of legal approaches to dowry and propose a different standard for redressing women’s disadvantaged situation in the traditional culture of Bangladesh.