In New Delhi, several hundred women took part in a demonstration against the practice of giving and receiving dowries in India.
GV Demonstrators walk through New Delhi streets (2 shots)
SV Women carry anti-dowry poster (4 shots)
GV Protestors march through streets (2 shots)
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Background: In New Delhi, several hundred women took part in a demonstration against the practice of giving and receiving dowries in India. The dowry practice is illegal but still flourishes, and with unemployment rising, so have demands by bridegrooms for larger dowries. In the capital alone, there are about 200 cases of bride-burning each year, and the incidence of rape, particularly among low-caste women, is also rising. The Women's Wing of the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, say bride burning and rape occur when the prospective husband and his family demand a dowry that the bride's family cannot afford. Women of all castes joined the anti-dowry demonstrations, organised by the Lions Club, the middle class members of which are known for their extravagant weddings. In August 1982, the Women's Wing of the BJP submitted a plan to the government of Mrs. Indira Gandhi, which called for the strict enforcement of the anti-dowry laws and for general improvements in the social and legal systems for women. The BJP also want equal rights for women at work, who currently contribute 28 per cent of the workforce, mostly in low-paid jobs.