Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Dowry System

Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961


Dowry is anything of value, including cash and property, which is given by the bride’s family to the groom’s family as a condition of marriage. The law prohibits the practice of giving or taking dowry as well as demanding and advertising for dowry.

According to Muslim personal law, the wife is entitled to either money or property from her husband when she gets married. This is known as dower or Mahr and is not considered as dowry.

Streedhan is the property given to the bride at the time of marriage. It is different from dowry because it is a voluntary gift given to the bride before or after her marriage. The bride has exclusive and absolute control over all her Streedhan. She has full freedom to sell, modify, use the Streedhan as she wishes. She can even decide to give it away, during or after her lifetime. Streedhan includes both movable and immovable property. Eg: Resham, on her marriage receives two gold bangles from her mother. This is her Streedhan. However, if the gold bangles had been given under coercion by the groom’s family as a condition for marriage, it would be considered as dowry.

Dowry Prohibition Officers
These are officers designated by different state governments for each state. They have some designated functions and may have additional functions assigned to them as per the decision of the state governments.

1 comment:

  1. Very true sir. But only possible if we all understand and accept it from the inner most part of our heart