'Angry Brides' game hopes to put spotlight on dowry concerns
A screen grab of the game "Angry Brides," which aims to bring awareness to the violence dowries cause in India.
January 16th, 2012
03:34 PM ET

'Angry Brides' game hopes to put spotlight on dowry concerns

There's a new game hoping to make a splash in the Facebook game market, and it's called "Angry Brides."

No, you don't have to read that sentence again; we didn't accidentally misspell the game you're thinking of.

But the people behind this game hope the mix-up gives momentum to "Angry Brides," which aims to put a spotlight on the issue of dowries in India. Dowries are traditionally given to a groom's family to ensure the bride is taken care of and can, in some cases, cause violent clashes between families. The gifts can include money, jewelry or any other family belongings.

The game, produced by the Indian marriage site Shaadi.com, is a play on the extremely popular game "Angry Birds." But instead of hurling birds across the screen, this time, you're throwing household objects such as shoes and rolling pins at prospective grooms, with listed dowries starting at 1.5 million rupees (about $29,200). If you hit grooms just right, you'll lower the amount and add it into your anti-dowry fund.

"The Angry Brides game is our way of throwing a spotlight on the nuisance of dowry," Ram Bhamidi, senior vice president and head of online marketing for the site, wrote on its Facebook page.

The page, advertising the game, features what appears to be a Hindu goddess holding all of the tools you would need to strike your possible groom.

"A woman will give you strength, care and all the love you need ... NOT dowry!" a caption under the image exclaims.

The group hopes that the viral nature of "Angry Birds" - and therefore, they hope, the parody - will draw attention to the dowry issue and the violence it can cause.

"According to a 2007 study ... there is a dowry-related death every four hours in India," Bhamidi wrote on the Facebook page. "We condemn this menace and have consistently run campaigns on social media to help create awareness of the issue."

soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. mark

    Why do we care what happens in a third world crap hole like India?

    January 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      Your ingenuity astounds me.. You read article and then took time to comment. You care more than 99.9% of the Americans who either didn't care to read or who didn't care to read and comment....

      January 16, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DC

    "A woman will give you strength, care and all the love you need ... NOT dowry!" a caption under the image exclaims.

    Really? In America, a husband still has to pay spousal support to an 'ex-wife' even if she shacks up with a new boy toy... Clearly, equality doesn't work both ways in this country.

    January 16, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. OIC

    Just a mistake in translation. What they call a "marriage" we would call a "hostage situation."

    January 16, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Relictus

    "A woman will give you strength, care and all the love you need" – Thanks to feminism, we know that this is NOT TRUE. Here in America, not only are there no such things as dowries, there is the scourge of alimony. 50% divorce rate in America. Good luck, men, you'll need it.

    January 16, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrea M

      You're just mad that no woman wants to give YOU strength, care, and love. Maybe if you didn't just expect to get divorced from the start you could find someone who wants to give you that. Women aren't all horrible creatures out to drain your bank account, some of us are better than that.

      January 16, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Total cynic

      Marriage is a bad deal for men.

      For U.S. women marriage is their retirement plan.

      Men will wind up paying them years after they've been divorced and there is no pressure on these women to become self sufficient.

      January 16, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Total cynic

    Men need 2 things:

    1. Mandatory pre-nup agreements.

    2. Mandatory DNA testing for all children; no child support without solid DNA evidence.

    A blood bank study in 2003 determined that 30% of children were not the father of the husband.

    January 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Total cynic

      *not fathered by the husband, sorry.

      January 16, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      I totally agree ... men can longer always be considered the scapegoat when a marriage fails nor be totally responsible after the fact. If the child is not theirs then why should they bear the financial responsibility?

      January 16, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • A. Wolf

      If a woman is sleeping around behind her husband's back, you'd think he would have at least some responsibility in having married her before getting to know who she really was. Some of us have no problem living without prenups and DNA testing. Married people who trust each other and work as a team actually exist.

      January 16, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      30%! Show me that study. Was that a 3rd world nation maybe?

      January 16, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • TinKnight

      Total cynic, the blood bank study you quoted is represented completely incorrectly.
      The blood bank study determined that, when a paternity test is done (regardless of whether the man or the mother requested it), 1 out of 3 cases determined he was not the father.

      However, someone is not going to go through all of the difficulties and costs of getting a paternity test and dealing with the social backlash that comes from it unless they already have a pretty good idea that the mother was not monogamous.

      That is NOT the same as saying that a third of all babies are created from infidelity.

      January 16, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • vista

      ignorant Rob! is there is such study, it won't be from 3rd world country i can assure u. they r poor, not characterless, they don't sleep around. time to do ur paternity tests dude.

      January 16, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • TinKnight

      Oh! And the study was of the 280,000 paternity tests conducted in 1999, as compared to the 4 MILLION live births that took place in the US.

      A more realistic study in the UK (and the US would be close) indicates that roughly 4% of fathers are unknowingly raising children that aren't their own.

      January 16, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • ellymelly

      1) why do only med need a pre-nup? since most of them are presumably marrying women, i'd suppose the women need them two
      2) blood type is not a good determinant for paternity, since it can only exclude a possible parent. There are four blood groups and the Rh factor. If the parents are, say, type O, they cannot have a child with type AB. For absolute paternity determination, paternity testing with DNA is the only reliable way to determine who the father is.
      3) there's a chance that even when the parents are known, there is a "non-paternal" event back in a previous generation. this requires genealogical research, if desired.

      i'd love to see that "blood bank study", too. was it from the red cross? paid blood bank? u.s. or elsewhere? what year? how many total in the study? etc.

      January 17, 2012 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. out of hand

    these games our out of control.

    January 16, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tcr c2

    Thats a good way to supercharge a womens estrogen. Just get me out of her way. Ill give you my uncle milton ant farm and a shovel. To take my wife

    January 16, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tcr c2

    Oh i forgot im divorced, but i still have night mares, LOL

    January 16, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm ♔♕

      only 3 things men fear: loss of family jewels, loss of wallet, and loss of life...anything else is just a temporary pout until replace.

      January 16, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    Not BOMBO©

    January 16, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    NOT s kel.

    January 16, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Reg

    Dowry system is injustice. In Thailand it's common to milk the future husband for huge amounts of money; they call it sin-sod. In India they force the girl to pay the dowry. Having been abolished in Europe since the middle ages, some countries in the world are still committing these social crimes of dowry, sin-sod, etc.

    January 16, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      @Reg I think you got the sinsod wrong, the sinsod amount depends on the girl's status and most of the time this money is given back to the couple, however this practice is starting to slowly go away. Allot of girls use this to extract all the money they can out of a foreigner, you need to be careful and know the girl you are marrying allot of guys are marring a girl they don't really know, only been with them for a few months or 1 year. Don't know why these guys leave their brains in their home country. Then they go blaming the girl for then being stupid. I got married, my wife's family never demanded any amount of sinsod it was up to me how much to give but was suggested 200,000B, I gave 300,000B and my wife and i got all that back expect for some gold we bought for her mom. Just be smart. I do like the India idea the guy gets the money.

      January 17, 2012 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. StandUpGuys

    So a game that encourages violence against men and the idea that dowries are the man's personal fault. To the Indiana marriage group: you people are, for all intents and purposes, the most ignorant and time wasting creatures to ooze from between someone's legs.

    January 16, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Indiana marriage group? You need to look a bit further East, pal...and I'm not talking Ohio....

      January 16, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • simba

      While Americans continue to be very productive with about four divorces on average, 9% unemployment, desperate housewives and a constant battle in the courts for child support? Sure! Oh but wait, you're not the kind that arms yourself with facts.

      January 16, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mmmmm ♔♕

    lol...game characters look like they're lining up to the Y M C A dance.

    January 16, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rob

    Their extremely ignorant actions do have some benefits to their country. With all the dowry related deaths combined with the selective abortions of female fetuses, it should help curb the country's exploding population.

    January 16, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. D Cormier

    I'm surprised that the law of supply/demand didn't affect dowries in any way so far. I read a few weeks ago that girls are getting killed becauset hey are too "expensive" and can "ruin" a family, so now there are too many men. In one village, 4 brothers married the same woman ...

    ... If I was the father of a girl, I would ask for a pretty high dowry, not the inverse. Knowing that there is 2, 3 or 4 men per woman, I'd make sure that my daughter get what she is worth, according here to the pure law of supply and demand.

    The day we will stop abusing women is the day most of our problems in this society will be solved.

    January 16, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • altavista

      yeah surprising isnt it? In a third world country a parent pays dowry, pays for the complete cost of marriage, but would't want his/her daughter to marry someone randomly that wud save his/her lifetime savings.
      While in 1st world country a parent doesn't even send on their child's marriage? or as u said some people wudn't mind selling their daughters....that's the cultural difference my friend. I don't expect u to understand 🙂

      January 16, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      the girls pays the dowry

      January 17, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
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