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According to a UN Report published in September 2011 domestic violence claims more lives in India than terror strikes by militant and Naxal outfits.
As many as 8,383 people lost their lives as a result of domestic violence in 2009.
The report by Institute of Development and Communication states that the quantum of dowry exchange may be greater among the upper classes but 80% of dowry deaths and 80% of harassment occur in the middle and lower classes.
This is happening in spite of Domestic Violence Prevention Act, 2005.
Most state governments complain of lack of funds to pay protection officers and fund their training. Though a plan has been drafted by National Commission for Women to provide funds, the government is yet to take any final decision.