Indian Woman Burned with Boiling Oil for Not Providing a Dowry

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INDIA: A newlywed Indian woman was reportedly tortured by her in-laws for not bringing a dowry with her to their home, her hands forcibly burned by dipping them in boiling oil.

The woman has been admitted to a hospital in Beed, a small town in the western state of Maharashtra, PTI reports.

“They beat me for not bringing Rs. 10,000 [$150] from my parents,” she told reporters in the hospital. “My husband forcibly put one hand in boiling oil and my sisters-in-law poured boiling oil on my other hand.”

Although the outdated practice of dowry—money or gifts given to the groom’s family by the bride’s—has diminished in India, it is still prevalent in much of the country.