Indian bride commits suicide after being forced to donate kidney as part of sick dowry demand

Published: April 25, 2014

Indian bride Poonam Devi set herself ablaze because of dowry harassment from her husband’s family. CEN News.

CEN NEWS

Indian police are investigating after discovering that a young bride had been forced to give her new husband’s family one of her kidneys as part of the dowry price in order to get married.

The tradition of paying money from the family of the bride to the family of the groom is one that goes back thousands of years and despite official efforts it still results every year in the abuse, and even death, of brides when the family of their new husbands are unhappy with the money paid.

But the idea of a bride being forced into organ donation as part of the dowry is a first. And it only came to light after the family of the groom decided they were not happy with the donation, and demanded more money in addition to the kidney.

They had earlier promised that if the kidney was donated they would drop any further demands, but as soon as it had been provided they resumed their demands and as a result the young woman Poonam Devi, aged 28, had killed herself – leaving behind a suicide note explaining why.

Her parents have now complained to police in the city of Hazaribagh in the northeastern Indian district of Jharkhand saying that harassment was the cause of her death.

Her father Barhan Bharati said that the mother of two children had been asked for years for more money despite the fact that the family had already paid 130,000 Indian rupees ($2,365) in cash among other things as dowry when she married eight years ago. They had then agreed to donate the kidney and appeared to settle the row once and for all, but the demands had not ended.

Poonam’s husband Sudama Giri had needed the kidney when both his stopped functioning and doctors recommended kidney transplantation.

Poonam agreed to donate her kidney to Giri only when her in-laws promised that they would not torture her for dowry and treat her well, but the torture went on even after she donated one of her kidneys, and after they failed to fulfil the demand, Poonam set herself on fire.

Police Superintendent Manoj Kaushik told reporters that the investigation was ongoing and the guilty would be punished.

Every year thousands of brides die as a result of dowry abuse in India, a tradition which goes back thousands of years. Its original intent, scholars say, was to protect women, who by bringing property and belongings to the marriage could enjoy some creature comforts and not have to depend entirely on their husbands.

But somewhere along the line, what was supposed to be security for the bride came to be seen as a boom to the groom and his family, a way for them to augment their wealth. India’s economic boom since the mid-1990s, which has seen incomes grow and living standards rise for many, has not stemmed the tide of dowry-related violence.


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,





Featured

A Bangladeshi policeman escorts Jikrullah, left and Ariful Islam, two among  three suspected of the killing of a blogger as they are presented before the media in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, March 30, 2015. AP Photo/ A.M. Ahad

Blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh’s capital, 2 Islamic school students detained

JULHAS ALAM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DHAKA, Bangladesh — A blogger was hacked to death by three men in Bangladesh’s capital on Monday, and two of…
Continue Reading »

In this photo taken in October 2012, Associated Press reporter Kathy Gannon, second from left, and photographer Anja Niedringhaus pose for a photo with Afghan police recruits at the main police training academy in Kabul, Afghanistan. AP Photo

Afghan police officer sentenced to 20 years for killing AP photographer and wounding reporter

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS KABUL — Afghanistan’s highest court has ruled that the police officer convicted of murdering Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding AP…
Continue Reading »

desi-crime-sexual assault

Surrey man who pleaded guilty to mistreating sex trade workers should go to prison for 2-3 years: Crown

KEITH FRASER VANCOUVER DESI SURREY — A Surrey man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old sex trade worker nearly 20 years ago and…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

U.S., Mexico sign climate co-operation deal as Canada stalls on UN emissions bid

By Bruce Cheadle THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — The Harper government is temporarily standing on the sidelines as international negotiations ramp up for a United…
Continue Reading »

US-Mexico sign climate co-operation deal as Canada stalls on UN emissions bid

By Bruce Cheadle THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — The Harper government is temporarily standing on the sidelines as international negotiations ramp up for a United…
Continue Reading »

desi-crime-sexual assault

Surrey man who pleaded guilty to mistreating sex trade workers should go to prison for 2-3 years: Crown

KEITH FRASER VANCOUVER DESI SURREY — A Surrey man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old sex trade worker nearly 20 years ago and…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

World Cup final

Underarm incident recalled as Australia-New Zealand rivalry rekindles in World Cup final

STEVE MCMORRAN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MELBOURNE, Australia — Relations between New Zealand and Australia at a political level have regained their natural cordiality in the…
Continue Reading »

Cricket World Cup

Clarke’s Australians prepare to take on unpopular role in the World Cup final vs New Zealand

JOHN PYE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MELBOURNE, Australia — Win or lose, Michael Clarke and his Australian teammates are probably going to be portrayed as the…
Continue Reading »

India-Australia-weird news

Youth cut his tongue as sacrifice at an Indian temple for nation’s cricket victory

IANS Chennai – In a senseless act, a cricket crazy youth in Tamil Nadu offered the tip of his tongue as a sacrifice at a…
Continue Reading »

Freedom-Section 66A-India

Teenager shoots himself after father bans Facebook chat

IANS Lucknow - A 14-year-old boy shot himself Thursday after his father reprimanded him for chatting too often on social networking site Facebook, police said. The…
Continue Reading »

messy custody battle-desi lingerie model

Jeremy Renner’s messy divorce from B.C. model gets messier as custody battle rages

VANCOUVER DESI A B.C. woman who was married to Hollywood actor Jeremy Renner is being accused of being a gold digger and blackmailer who has…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

pakistani sex meera-Veena Malik

Gallery: Bollywood celebs in trouble with the law

ALMAS MEHERALLY VANCOUVER DESI Indian film actress Shruti Haasan has run into legal trouble after she pulled out of a signed contract, according to an…
Continue Reading »

Salman Khan-Bollywood

Bollywood actor Salman Khan denies he was driving or drunk during 2002 accident

IANS Mumbai – Bollywood actor Salman Khan on Friday told a Mumbai court, conducting the trial of the 2002 hit-and-run case involving him, that he…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood movie

Amitabh Bachchan: Balki challenges me with never-done-before roles

SUBHASH K. JHA IANS Mumbai – R. Balakrishnan and Amitabh Bachchan’s much anticipated third outing “Shamitabh” turned out to be a box office disaster, but…
Continue Reading »