2 Sep 2013

Dowry related deaths on the rise

9:55 am on 2 September 2013

New figures released by India indicate that one woman dies every hour because of dowry related crimes in the country.

India's National Crime Records Bureau says more than 8000 women were killed last year because of disputes about dowry payments.

It says the number of fatalities has increased steadily over the last five years.

Dowries are traditionally paid by the bride's family when she marries.

Women are killed or forced to commit suicide when the groom's family exerts pressure to gain more money, the BBC reports.

India banned the request, payment or acceptance of dowries in 1961 but the practice is still widespread.