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BBC News Online reports global support for Nisha Sharma

NEW DELHI: It looks as if Nisha Sharma is getting international support for her stand on dowry and BBC News Online has played a role in it.

The BBC News Online has reported massive international interest and support for Nisha Sharma over her stand against dowry. According a press release, more than 170,000 people logged on to the BBC's award winning news site (bbcnews.com) in just two days to read it's reports about Nisha's reaction to her fiance's greedy dowry demands.

In a special poll set up on the site, 96 per cent of the 10,000 voters supported her decision to call the police. The BBC also reports that men have been writing in from around the region including a 23-year-old man from Kabul, Afghanistan. He said he was moved by Nisha Sharma's courage and wished to marry her.

The release adds that this kind of a phenomenal response is possible only because BBC's award winning News Online service is the world's most popular new site and is read by millions of people across the world every day.

The editor of BBC's online service at the BBC South Asia Bureau in Delhi, Sanjoy Majumder, was quoted as saying: "The response to the Nisha Sharma story is an example of how her situation has touched people worldwide. Our dedicated South Asia page is part of our effort to extend coverage of the region online and bring a diverse range of stories to a vast international audience."

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