Afroza Begum


For some 40 years, Bangladesh has fought a losing battle against the existence of dowries and their associated abuse with no indication of even a minimal impact as dowry demands inflate and violence increases. In one year alone, dowry related violence claimed the lives of 325 women and contributed to 66.7 per cent of the violent incidents against women. This article aims to investigate the appropriateness and effectiveness of legal approaches to dowry and propose a different standard for redressing women’s disadvantaged situation in the traditional culture of Bangladesh.

Author Biography

Afroza Begum, LLB (Hons) and LLM (Bangladesh), LLM (UWS), PhD (UOW), Australia, Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, Islamic University, Bangladesh; Honorary Research Fellow, School of Law, University of Wollongong, Australia.