I think in India the problem is that laws are either not used at all, or just abused. Take for example IPC 498a and Domestic violence act. The true victims don't come forward at all, because they fear once the case reaches the police station all chances of reconciliation are ruled out. There fore they try to resolve the situation with as much discussions amidst elders. At the same time, 498a is draconian law in the hands of gold diggers. In fact the supreme court has itself noted to the epic high levels dowry law misuse going on.
Actually dowry law is misused quite a lot in our country and is not a small percentage by any means. And is also contributing to loss in faith in the institute of marriage to a large extent.