This article discusses the due diligence standard of governmental responsibility, and measures the adequacy of India's implementation of its national dowry death legislation in accordance with its international human rights obligations. India has enacted legislation designed to combat dowry violence. Although India's laws seem to follow the letter of its international human rights obligations, the country violates the spirit of human rights by lacking an actual commitment to implement this legislation. This Article demonstrates and examines India's breach of its duty of due diligence. Such a breach constitutes government complicity in condoning and perpetuating dowry deaths, which violate women's human rights in India. Through this complicity, India dishonors its obligations under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Social, Economic, and Cultural Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention of Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.
Namratha S. Ravikant,
Dowry Deaths: Proposing a Standard for Implementation of Domestic Legislation in Accordance with Human Rights Obligations,
Mich. J. Gender & L.
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