A grab from the Facebook page of Justice for Anissia online campaign Image: FACEBOOK
It never hits you until it happens to you or someone you love. In India, every year thousands of women die due to dowry harassment and it's a shame that despite stringent laws, only 34.7 per cent of the accused get convicted.
According to an alarming report, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) stated that in 2015, as many as 7,634 women were burnt alive or forced to commit suicide over dowry demands. In the capital of India alone, around 3,877 cases of cruelty by in-laws and husbands were registered in 2016.
Circa 2018, nothing much has changed and women still continue to get murdered because they didn't bring enough dowry. The recent alleged suicide of Anissia Batra following domestic violence and dowry harassment has highlighted the sad state of affairs in India yet again. Anissia, daughter of a retired major general, worked as a flight attendant with Lufthansa and had been married to Mayank Singhvi since February 2016. According to the family of the late victim, Anissia's husband tortured her for dowry and, taking advantage of his influential background, tried to hush up the matter.
After the death of Anissia on July 13, her family and friends started Facebook and Twitter campaigns to amplify the demand for justice. With the hashtag #JusticeForAnissia trending on social media, more and more people are joining in to support the fight.
Take a look at the reactions and discussions around the issue on Twitter, and share your opinion with us in the comments section below.