An MBA student due to marry on March 8, staged a failed robbery with the help of her mother, in a desperate effort to raise the dowry money. The two women targeted the nearby home of a woman, deciding to rob her whilst her husband was at work.
Clad in burqas to disguise themselves, the two Indian women, identified only as Ramadevi (38) and her daughter Sharada (21), broke into the home of housewife Kalpana. According to IBN
the two women immediately threw chilli powder on Kalpana, and attempted to gag her and snatch her gold. However their plans were thwarted as Kushaiguda inspector V Srikanth Goud explained, saying "Kalpana managed to shout for help. The neighbours immediately came to her rescue and caught the two women." (Times of India
Sharada's motive for the robbery was to raise the dowry demanded by the groom's family. They expected payment of Rs 3 lakh as dowry (approximately $6,075). Dowry payments are illegal in India but the practice is still widespread, with "over 8,000 cases of dowry-related deaths and 90,000 cases of dowry-related abuse" in 2010, according to Kotaku