6 Mich. J. Gender & L. 449 (1999-2000)
Dowry Deaths: Proposing a Standard for Implementation of Domestic Legislation in Accordance with Human Rights Obligations

handle is hein.journals/mjgl6 and id is 459 raw text is: DOWRY DEATHS: PROPOSING A STANDARD
FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF DOMESTIC
LEGISLATION IN ACCORDANCE
WITH HUMAN RIGHTS OBLIGATIONS
Namratha S. Ravikant*
INTRODUCTION • 450
I.   PROVIDING A CULTURAL CONTEXT FOR THE PRACTICE OF
DoWRY AND DoWRY DEATHS • 454
K   The Origins ofDowry • 454
B. The Contemporary Meaning ofDowry • 455
C. Dowry DeathsDefined • 456
D. Social and Economic Factors Surrounding Dowry Deaths      457
1. Women's Inferior Status in Indian Society • 457
2. Consumerism • 460
II. PROPOSING A STANDARD OF GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBILITY
WHEN PRIVATE PERSONS ACT: DUE DILIGENCE • 461
A. Background ofDue Diligence • 461
1. Prerequisites to Due Diligence: Notice and Means      463
2. Due Diligence: Reasonable Measures Under
the Circumstances • 463
B. Due Diligence: Essential For the Realization of Human Rights
in International Human Rights Instruments • 465
III. How INDIA FARES IN MEETING THE DUTY OF
DUE DILIGENCE • 470
A. Constructive Notice • 470
B. Means • 471
*   Assistant District Attorney, Philadelphia District Attorney's Office; J.D.,
1999, Georgetown University Law Center; A.B., 1995, Tufts University. The author
would like to acknowledge the following people whose support and guidance were
the inspiration behind this exploration of Indian women's human rights crises: the
author is extremely grateful to Professor Lawrence 0. Gostin (Professor of Law,
Georgetown University Law Center; Professor of Law and Public Health, Johns
Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health; Co-Director, George-
town/Johns Hopkins Program on Law and Public Health) for his encouragement,
suggestions, and belief in this work. Special thanks also to James G. Hodge, Jr.
(Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center; Greenwall Fellow-
ship Program in Bioethics and Health Policy), Melissa M. Goldstein (Greenwall
Fellowship Program in Bioethics and Health Policy), Rene Bowser (Georgetown
University Law Center's Future Law Professors Program), and Neeju Ravikant, M.D.

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