In the book SuperFreakonomics On page 5, the book says that "more then 100,000 young Indian women die in fires every year, many of them "bride burnings" or other instances of domestic abuse."
It was this sort of extremely false propaganda from the so called intellegentsia, that lead to the creation of extremely tyrannical laws like IPC 498A, Domestic violence act. Also the courts always treats the wife as a victim, and the husband as the perpetrator. Even if the wife is lying blatantly, no punishment is given to her.
The authors didn't even cared to check the real statistics so readily available on the internet. Indian govt publishes all crime statistics at http://ncrb.nic.in/home.htm. The data from ncrb, says the official dowry death figure for the year 2008 is 8093. However, there is a dirty practise in India, in which relatives of a women, mostly file a false dowry death case, with the sole motive to extort money from her husband. Most of these cases finally result in acquittal.
Under emotion, people loose their balance of mind. Since these laws were created under emotionally charged atmosphere, they aren't balanced, with the result being, that these laws are ill drafted, and are wide open to interpretations, and hence are widely misused by unscrupulous Indian wives to extort money from their husbands.
More such false claims about India are made in the book, which also cast a shadow of doubt on the authenticity of other so called research.