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Although dowry was made illegal decades ago, harassment and deaths over dowry cut across class, financial, educational and religious barriers. Analyse the causative factors and suggest reforms to end this menace.

Topic: Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.

1. Although dowry was made illegal decades ago, harassment and deaths over dowry cut across class, financial, educational and religious barriers. Analyse the causative factors and suggest reforms to end this menace. (250 words)

Reference:  Indian Express

Why the question:

The article explains why there is a need of mass movement to fight dowry.

Key Demand of the question:

Explain in what way harassment and deaths over dowry cut across class, financial, educational and religious barriers and analyse the causative factors and suggest reforms to end this menace.

Directive:

AnalyzeWhen asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with some key facts showing issues related to Dowry Deaths.

Body:

Explain first how we still live in an age where moral outrage spreads faster over social media than you can blink, and yet a dowry death hardly moves the needle on our moral compass.

Discuss the issues and challenges associated with Dowry.

Explain how accepting dowry should be made a social stigma, and all generations should be addressed.

The larger context for the practice of dowry is the poor presence of women in the workforce, and their consequent lack of financial independence. Women should be supported to take up jobs and have independent incomes. This means we should expand childcare and safe public transport, reduce discrimination in hiring, and create affirming workplace environments. At home, men should share domestic work and care responsibilities.

Suggest solutions.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.