Royal Commission into Family Violence: a Survivor's Plea for End to Dowry Abuse

"I'm your god, I'm your boss now. Your life is in my hands."

These chilling words haunt Dhriti*, and retelling them makes her shake so hard her teeth clatter over the phone line.

"I will kick you out from Australia, and if you go back to India, I will kill you there," her husband told her. "You can't imagine what I will do with you."

Dhriti remains terrified of her estranged husband, but she has summoned the courage to speak about her treatment at his hands, to warn other women of the dangers of dowry marriages.

On Thursday, the Royal Commission into Family Violence is to examine economic abuse, and how abusers use family finances to control their victims.

Indian-born psychiatrist and Australasian Centre for Human Rights and Health director Manjula O'Connor has campaigned relentlessly against dowries, which she calls a "harmful cultural practice associated with domestic violence and murders in India [that] is showing similar trends in Victoria".

Dr O'Connor argues that dowries reinforce unequal gender relationships and contribute to domestic abuse, and says cases like Dhriti's highlight the need for Australia to introduce laws expressly forbidding dowries.

Dowries were outlawed in Dhriti's native India in 1961, but the practice remains widespread. It is not known how many of the 295,000 Indian-born Australians continue the practice here.

Dhriti's troubles began before she was married. An Indian-born Australian citizen, her husband-to-be had advertised for a wife using the wildly popular Indian matchmaking service

Matrimonials

.

Once both families had met in India, and agreed the pair should be wed, the demands started.

Dhriti's father paid for a lavish ring ceremony at a swish hotel in India. He paid for her husband's family to be accommodated at the ceremony. Then, once they were engaged, Dhriti's husband's family escalated their demands.

There were cars for the ceremony, a reception for 500 guests, jewellery for her husband and his family, and cash gifts. At the wedding ceremony, there were presents too: an air conditioner, a fridge, a television, clothing, gold, watches and jewellery. Dhriti's father took out a personal loan to pay for it all.

Then, after the pair returned to Melbourne - Dhriti on a visa sponsored by her husband, and allowed to take only a handful of clothes - the abuse began.

He beat her, threatened to kill her, and pushed her onto a heater, causing bad burns to her arms. She was hospitalised several times, and thought it would be simplest just to kill herself. Finally, she found the courage to leave.

In its submission to the royal commission, the Australasian Centre for Human Rights and Health recommended the government amend the Family Violence Protection Act, to include dowries as a form of "economic abuse".

It says the Victorian government should work with the federal government to help stop the problem of dowry abuse at the point of immigration.

Last year, former Premier Ted Baillieu tabled a petition calling for dowries to be outlawed in Victoria.

*Name has been changed to protect the victim.

For help or information regarding domestic violence call the Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service 1800 737 732. Or go to

1800respect.org.au

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Unlike the conventional central and window air conditioner, portable air conditioners can fit perfectly wherever you'll need them. They don't require any ducting or installation and they are virtually flexible that can be situated anywhere.Because portable cooling units can be independently operated, targeting specific areas can easily be achieved. In order to keep your portable unit efficient and functional for a very long time, the following rules should always be observed.Rule #1 Every air conditioner requires a good ventilation to function properly, either through walls or windows. As for your quiet portable air conditioner, be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions regarding its proper ventilation as not all portable air conditioners share the same ventilation requirement.Your portable cooling unit usually comes with a free venting kit or an option of buying one as part of its package. This kit includes a window kit for different window size and shape, it also includes a hose. Be sure the window you intend to install for your portable air conditioner fits perfectly with your available kit.Rule #2 Water Tray Removals. Every portable air conditioner has its unique way in dealing with accumulated condensates. As some portable air conditioners offer convenient water tray removal, others are built with continuous drainage hose or also known as dual exhaust hoses.If your unit comes with a tray, always make sure to empty it according to your manufacturers recommended frequency.Otherwise, your quiet portable air conditioner might dysfunction, automatically shutting down or its tray could spill out. Portable AC units have built-in tray, better check this part early while choosing in order to avoid any confusion.Rule#3 Availability of Electricity. This is very important. Make sure that the energy you supply for your air conditioner is adequate that meets its required standard. Insufficient supply of energy will not only blow its fuse off, it can also destroy the whole cooling unit.Avoid using extension cords for your quiet portable air conditioner as much as possible too as cords could get overloaded. Electrical cords are also risky that presents fire hazard.Rule #4 Exhaust Hose. The exhaust hose is important in order to keep your portable cooling unit functional so make sure to keep this part straight while its venting system is being used.It is generally okay to shorten exhaust hose upon installation, but do not add any additional length. By following these safety rules you should be well on your way in enjoying a cool summer.
Portable Air Conditioner Leaks. No Manual?
well untill you figure out where the water tank is or that is missing you need to catch the water. they make water as you know . so just get a big plastic tub and set the AC in the tub to hold the water. you may be missing the drain tray.1. Is heating feature in an air conditioner bad?The biggest difference between them is that reversible AC has an extra 4-way valve to reverse the flow. That's not a very fragile component. The seller might be either talking from his personal experience that's particular to one make or series, or he might be simply employing FUD in order to convince you into purchasing item with higher profit margin for him (most likely imho). On the other hand, it's quite easy to ruin the unit by keeping it on as outside temp falls too low. The heating is designed to be only an accessory method ran occasionally on chilly summer days and not to replace a furnace in the winter (that's what big heat pumps are for). He might be simply trying to avoid future problems with careless customers who fail to adhere to manual2. Air conditioner leaking water?It is normal and supposed to. It is condensation which drips from the condenser into a tray under it which then drains from a hole in the corner of the tray. Make sure it stays clear of sediment so that it will not clog it up! ,' )3. Why is my window air conditioner?set the temperature away from "auto"4. Would it be possible to create an air conditioner that is powered by heat?Technically yes: if you can generate electricity using your heat source (or rather, heat differential), then you can use that electricity to power a refrigeration unit. Just make sure that your heat-to-power conversion is happening outside the thing you want to refrigerate.Practically, on a large scale, this is no different from a power station converting heat from fuel into electricity. On a small scale, you would use a small Sterling engine or TEC to generate the electricity. The system would likely be 5. Return air for a 5 ton air conditioner unit?first why are you installing a five ton unit....after doing a heat calucation you will find it equals to one ton for every 750 sq ft .unless you have a lot of windows or glass doors facing southwest. then you would reduce this to 700 sq ft per ton.......so if you have a 3000 sq ft house you would only need four tons of air conditioning. or four and a half if you have a lot of southwesterly facing windows and glass doors. ...you measure duct work by sq ft . ..so you would only have half of what you need ..for round duct you figure sq ft by multiplying the radius or half of the diameter squared times pi. this will give you square feet..then add all of the sq ft from each duct for total sq ft. .if you dont need 5 tons get a smaller unit6. Air Conditioner now with new furnace - Later - Or Not at all?might desire to you be a touch extra imprecise? swap the thermostat to relax, pull the temperature set element to a element under the ambient temperature, and viola! -if the interior fan is working, and the outdoors condenser unit & compressor is working, then if the clear out is sparkling, the evaporator & condenser coils are sparkling, there is adequate refrigerant in the gadget, and your shape is a minimum of a few insulated and potential effective, then your gadget might desire to do its interest. If none of those situations are met, call a qualified, useful tech. BTW: aircon is not lots the cooling,.... its working the air during the evaporator and confident, pulling some warmth, the foremost purpose of a gadget is to tug the moisture out of it. (cooling the air to under its dew element) Dry air is delicate air....the cooling is an advantage
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