In India, as in all countries around the globe, violence against women occurs daily. Patriarchy plays a role in this violence. For some Indian women, the possibility of violence occurs throughout their lives, especially with changes in marital status. This article discusses several fatal forms of violence that some of the women in India experience. Included in this discussion of violence are the role of women's status, dowry, and the influence of Western capitalism. It is concluded that to combat violence against women, it is imperative that people work toward a global village where women are viewed as equal and valuable partners in society.