Uttar Pradesh tops list of dowry deaths

New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh reported the maximum number of dowry deaths in 2009, while the figure was nil for most northeastern states, Minister of State for Home Affairs Jitendra Singh said.

Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha, he said that in 2009, a total of 2,232 cases of dowry deaths were reported in Uttar Pradesh and 9,203 arrests were made.

“About 6,518 persons were charge-sheeted and 3,245 were convicted in these cases,” said Singh.

Uttar Pradesh was followed by Bihar, which reported 1,295 cases of dowry deaths and 2,908 arrests.

Northeastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Sikkim and union territories Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Lakshadweep and Puducherry did not report any case of dowry death, he added. (IANS)