In this article, the author comprehensively discusses the social etiological factors relating to dowry deaths in India including a historical backdrop and talks about the relevant provisions. A police officer got detained for the alleged murder of his wife over dowry demand. A husband burnt his wife a few weeks after the marriage when his demand for cash was denied despite receiving 1kg gold. Even after years of campaign by various organizations and outcry of women and their family members over the menace of the evil dowry system pervading in our society for creating awareness about it, the number of dowry death cases is on the rise. According to the report from the National Commission for Women as the latest by June , there already have been dowry deaths.
Marriage and Dowry Prohibition Act
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Explanation II. Explanation I omitted by Act 63 of , sec. Provided that such presents are entered in a list maintained in accordance with the rules made under this Act. Provided further that where such presents are made by or on behalf of the bride or any person related to the bride, such presents are of a customary nature and the value thereof is not excessive having regard to the financial status of the person by whom, or on whose behalf, such presents are given. It should not bear a mere connection with marriage; Madan Lal v.
The 498a and Dowry Prohibition Act – The Tales of Role Reversal
The dowry system in India  refers to the durable goods, cash, and real or movable property that the bride's family gives to the groom, his parents and his relatives as a condition of the marriage. The dowry system can put great financial burden on the bride's family. The Dowry Prohibition Act defines dowry: "Dowry means any property or valuable security given or agreed to be given either directly or indirectly - a by one party in marriage to the other party in marriage; or b by the parents of either party to a marriage or by any other person to either party to marriage or to any other persons;at or before or after the marriage as consideration for the marriage of the said parties, but does not include dower or mahr in the case of persons to whom the Muslim Personal law applies. A court judgement  clarifies the legal definition of dowry as. Article 3 of the Dowry Prohibition Act, specifies that the penalty for giving or taking dowry does not apply to presents that are given at the time of a marriage to the bride or groom is when no demand for them has been made.
There were 7, dowry-related deaths of women in the year , according to the National Crime Records Bureau. Under the Dowry Prohibition Act passed in , anyone taking dowry is to be imprisoned for not less than 5 years and has to pay a fine of Rupees 15, or the value of the dowry received, whichever is higher. Any dowry received from the woman is to be given back to her. Here are a few case studies of the victims of dowry in Srinagar all names changed to protect privacy , as told by the victims themselves in conversations with this writer.