Senate inquiry into dowry abuse in Australia to probe ‘devastating’ impacts on women

A Senate inquiry into the nature and prevalence of dowry abuse in Australia will examine its “devastating impacts” on women in Hindu and Sikh communities amid growing concerns about a recent significant increase in dowry-related domestic violence, murders and suicides.

The inquiry will for the first time assess the adequacy of Australia’s family law system and migration law system in addressing dowry abuse after an ABC News investigation found the cultural practice had resulted in a spate of horrific deaths in the past decade following a wave of migration from the Indian sub-continent.

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Senate Inquiry: The practice of dowry and the incidence of dowry abuse in Australia

On 26 June 2018, the Senate referred the practice of dowry and the incidence of dowry abuse in Australia to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 6 December 2018. The terms of reference are outlined on this page below. The deadline for submissions to this inquiry is 17 August 2018.

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