Angry Brides Game Attacks India’s Illegal Dowry Tradition

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In India, a game with a name inspired by Angry Birds lets bridezillas chuck shoes, rolling pins and brooms at dowry-grubbing prospective grooms, the Telegraph reports. When they’ve hit their target—in this case, a doctor, a pilot and an engineer—players earn rupees to put toward a (fictional) anti-dowry fund.

Garnering more than 270,000 fans on Facebook, game-maker shaadi.com’s Angry Brides intends to raise awareness of dowry demands in India, a tradition that has been illegal since 1961, according to the Telegraph.

“Shaadi.com has always believed that marriage is an institution of love, where there is a place for togetherness, mutual understanding, family values and emotional support but not for dowry!” the company wrote in a statement.

The dowry tradition can have some serious side effects, such as worst-case scenarios of torture or murder.  The Telegraph reports that 8,391 women died in dowry-related deaths in 2010, according to India’s National Crime Records Bureau.

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