An insight to the Dowry Prohibition Act

by Subhechcha Ganguly
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The Indian government passed the Dowry Prohibition Act on May 1, 1961, with the goal of outlawing the giving or receiving of dowries. According to the Dowry Prohibition Act, dowry is any property, products, or cash given to a marriage by either party, by either party’s parents, or by anyone else in connection with the union. Everyone in India is covered by the Dowry Prohibition Act.Many people believed that the Dowry Prohibition Act’s initial phrasing was ineffectual at outlawing the practise of dowry. Furthermore, many types of violence against women were still connected to not paying the dowry. The statute was subsequently amended as a result. For instance, it was modified in 1984 to clarify that gifts presented to the bride or groom at the time of a wedding are acceptable. However, according to the law, a list must be kept that details each gift’s worth, who gave it, and if that individual is related to either party of the marriage.

To further safeguard female victims of dowry-related violence, the act and pertinent portions of the Indian Penal Code were revised. In 2005, the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act added still another level of legal protection.

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