Gamely Fighting - And Turning A Profit On - the "Nuisance" of Dowry Deaths

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Abby Zimet

Here's a weird one: In the name of "creating awareness," the Indian dating site Shaadi.com has created a Facebook game in which an angry Indian wife, or someone pretending to be one, can bludgeon her virtual husband with virtual shoes and frying pans to protest the practice of dowries - outlawed decades ago, but still the cause of widespread harassment, cruelty, suicide and thousands of murders (according to one report, a dowry-related death every four hours) by "stove burning," which is dousing a woman in kerosene and lighting it. Clueless cognitive dissonance = games to combat murder.

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