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 Gender-The dowry law needs revision
Since a further dowry demand of Rs.12 lakhs was not acceptable to her family, the marriage was called off.
Dowry officers have proved to be a non-existent statutory joke.
Dowry as a social evil survives in a greedy, consumer and commoditised society in which well-placed human beings are willing to harass and even kill for a motorcycle, a TV or Rs.
www.countercurrents.org /gender-dhavan400503.htm   (1096 words)

 Dowry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ancient Romans also practiced dowry, though Tacitus noted that among the Germans, the practice was the reverse: a groom settled a dower on the bride.
The dowry is often used by the receiving family for business purposes, family members' education, or given to the husband's sisters, mostly as dowry in their marriage.
Dowry related deaths are still on the rise in the rural areas.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Dowry   (2088 words)

 The Imperial Origins of Dowry by Srimati Basu
There is ample evidence that the phenomenon of dowry is expanding, spreading to communities where it had never existed, and that the value of dowries is rising to untenable limits; there are horrific reports of fathers selling kidneys to cover dowry payments, or collective suicides in families with multiple daughters.
But dowry often is not a fund that is for their own use or control, and does not have the benefits of an inheritance portion.
Dowry practices are thus legally prosecuted largely in conjunction with suicides or murders connected to dowry demands or in conjunction with domestic violence or property recovery cases often filed in conjunction with divorces.
www.boloji.com /wfs/wfs159.htm   (1338 words)

 Rising number of dowry deaths in India
Traditionally a dowry entitled a woman to be a full member of the husband’s family and allowed her to enter the marital home with her own wealth.
Dowry and dowry-related violence is not confined to rural areas or to the poor, or even just to adherents of the Hindu religion.
The other side of the dowry equation is that daughters are inevitably regarded as an unwelcome burden, compounding the already oppressed position of women in Indian society.
www.wsws.org /articles/2001/jul2001/ind-j04.shtml   (2248 words)

 Dowry   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Dowry (Dahej/Hunda) as we all know is paid in cash or kind by the bride's family to the groom' s family alongwith the giving away of the bride (Kanyadanam).
That dowry is given as compensation to the groom's parents for the amount they have spent in educating and upbringing their son.
A reason for the origin of dowry could perhaps be that the groom and his family had to take up the 'onerous' responsibility of supporting the bride for the rest of her life.
www.vivaaha.org /newpage13.htm   (1216 words)

 Dowry (India)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The practice of a woman giving a "dowry" or gift to a man at *marriage is said to have had its origins in the system of streedhan (woman's share of parental wealth given to her at the time of her marriage).
The dowry is often used by the receiving family for business purposes, family members' education, or the dowry to be given for the husband's sisters.
Unfortunately, in India basic attitudes to female life have remained unchanged, and the dowry is seen as a bribe to the son-in-law to keep the daughter, who after a certain age is totally unwanted in her parental home.
members.tripod.com /Akshar/dowry/DOWRY.HTML   (416 words)

 Dowry Murder: The Imperial Origins of a Cultural Crime
Dowry is a form of property, but it is a specific kind of property that a woman brings with her when she gets married.
Dowry deaths or "bride burning" generated a great deal of media publicity during the 1980s, with evidence of women being set alight in kitchens often with their husbands and their in-laws (usually mothers-in-law) actively participating in the crime.
So dowry by the 1850's went from being a way of showing the appreciation a family had for their daughter to becoming a demand.
www.asiasource.org /asip/dowry.cfm   (4161 words)

 Tamil National Forum - Dowry System inTamil Society
As for the dowry system there is no dispute that it was a social evil and continues to be an evil although it has lost much of its shine lately, particularly among the younger generation.
The dowry system is the cause of most of the misunderstandings between parents and children, between brothers and sisters, between relatives, and even among communities.
The major asset transfer in the dowry process is the transfer of the primary residence of the parents.
www.tamilnation.org /forum/dowry   (5868 words)

 'Don't condemn the institution of dowry'
Her interest in dowry was spurred partly by questions from the American media and partly her own experience of three decades ago.
Dowry used to be voluntary gifts given by the bride's parents, kin and sometimes the whole village at the time of marriage, she explains.
Dowry has grown with inflation, availability of a larger number of consumer goods, and with women's rights and property, which they don't get.
www.rediff.com /news/2003/apr/05inter.htm   (1930 words)

Dowry has often been defined as the 'money, goods or estate that a woman brings to her husband at marriage'.
However, it must be noted that the giving of dowry is prohibited both ways; it is not restricted to the demand of and giving to the groom's side.
Where the presents are made by or on behalf of the bride, they are of a customary nature and their value is not excessive, having regard to the financial status of the person, by or on whose behalf, the presents are given.
www.peacewomen.org /news/India/June05/Dowry.html   (735 words)

 Dowry and the Law
Because of the Dowry Prohibition Act, an Agreement between the parties, to give or to take dowry, is considered as void and cannot be enforced in law and the person who has received dowry is liable to return it to the wife.
On account of the Dowry Prohibition Act, a wife or her relatives can now take recourse of law and if dowry is demanded or a wife is harassed on account of dowry, the persons doing so can be punished.
What is surprising is, that such demand of dowry, such harassment for dowry, dowry deaths and dowry suicides are even found in the affluent and educated society.
www.sudhirlaw.com /Articlesdowry.htm   (939 words)

 Arranged Marriages and Dowry System of India
The point of the dowry system was to provide for the bride should something unfortunate occur with her husband such as death or divorce.
As you can see, the dowry system was something originally honorable in intention and provided for the independent wealth of the bride in a time when she was unlikely to work outside of the home.
Given the fact that a girl's parents must provide a substantial dowry plus try to give her a college education or some form of formal education today, it is not surprising that the number of girl abortions are extremely high in India.
www.pardesiservices.com /tradition/arrangedmarg.asp   (1473 words)

 STOP misuse of Dowry Law.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The Dowry Prohibition Act, was enacted with the intention of protecting wives from marital violence, abuse and extortionist dowry demands, however, the actual implementation of these laws has left a bitter trail of disappointment, anger and resentment in its wake, among the affected families
Section 406, to be invoked by the woman to file cases against her husband and in-laws for retrieval of her dowry prescribes imprisonment of upto three years for criminal breach of trust.
The person held guilty of a "dowry death" shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than seven years but which may extend to imprisonment for life.
www.jantaraj.com /rudy3107/defaultpet.asp?pid=424   (1595 words)

 Kamat's Potpourri: The Dowry System
The dowry system was a security blanket for married women in case of marital problems or abandonment by husband.
The dowry system also acted as the girl's inheritance from her father, because the Hindu joint-family system afforded all the property to the male descendants.
Many marriages are strained because of the dispute over dowry, and during 1980s, numerous cases of "burning brides" were reported in the media, where newly wed girls either committed suicide or burnt alive by the in-laws over dowry disputes.
www.kamat.com /indica/culture/sub-cultures/dowry.htm   (369 words)

 White African :: where africa and technology collide » Blog Archive » Let’s Talk Dowry   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
I think dowry as interpreted today and even as far back as the generation that got married in the ’60s and ’70s, is v.
There have been cases of the woman’s family not asking for dowry, only to demand a huge payment either on the actual wedding day, or worse still - disguise it, in the form of requests for ‘transport to wedding’, ‘wedding outfit for bride’s whole family from cucu to new born baby!’.
In Africa, dowry is a substitute for all that.
whiteafrican.com /?p=31   (2574 words)

 Dowry Death
An interesting utilization of dowry, symbolizing both marriage as well as an union of aristocracy and colonial dominance was in 1662 when Charles 11 of England was given the Indian city of Bombay as a dowry for marrying Catherine of Braganza of Portugal.
The steady rise of the gruesome scenario of dowry deaths in India brought with it a sense of hopelessness in light of the lack of legal provisions and avenues made available to families who lost their daughters in the expansive and intricate dowry wedding web.
When the mentality of dowry demands, along with accusations of extortion and harassment whether true or false start to be part of the imported and migrating baggage, it marks a nouveau scenario among some immigrant marital problems and family law cases.
www.digitalism.org /artdoc/ddeath.html   (2354 words)

 Hindu Social Practices - Dowry, Sati and Child Marriage   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Dowry is one of those social practices which no educated Indian would own up with pride, although many of us still adhere to this much deplorable practice.
Dowry (Dahej/Hunda) as we all know is paid in cash or kind by the bride's family to the groom' s family alongwith the giving away of the bride (Kanya-dana).
One feature about dowry and bride-price that is conspicuous is that dowry is prevalent among the higher castes while bride-price exists mainly among the lower castes and tribals (Adivasis).
www.hindubooks.org /sudheer_birodkar/hindu_history/practices1.html   (4640 words)

 'Dowry deaths' in Bangalore
They are "dowry murders" (committed by the woman's husband or members of his family for additional dowry or non-payment of promised dowry); "suicides" (forced or voluntary, but in most cases related to dowry demands); and "accidents" (a majority classed under "stove-burst" or "kitchen-accident").
She was married in May 1999; her husband was given a dowry of Rs.30,000 in cash and another lakh of rupees worth of jewellery and household goods; soon after the marriage, Rojavathi's husband and father-in-law demanded more dowry from her.
The giving of dowry, an act illegal in itself, is not perceived by the victim's families as socially condemnable, or as having made the woman's position vulnerable right from the day of the marriage.
www.flonnet.com /fl1617/16170640.htm   (4381 words)

 Woman in Islam: Marriage in Islam
This dowry is not like the old European dowry which was given by a father to a daughter on her marriage and thence became the husband's property.
Nor is the Muslim dowry like the African "bride-price" which is paid by the bridegroom to the father as a form of payment or compensation.
The Muslim dowry is a gift from the bridegroom to the bride and it becomes her exclusive property.
www.jamaat.org /islam/WomanMarriage.html   (526 words)

 Dowry; The Sikh Perspective
For example, in 1662 Charles of England was given the Indian city of Bombay as a dowry for marrying Catherine of Braganza of Portugal.
The inability for a wife and her family to meet the dowry demands of the husband and his family are responsible for the domestic violence in the early years of marriage and also thousands of dowry related murders known as "dowry deaths".
High expectations of dowry have led to abortions of female fetuses, and many poor families resorting to female infanticide for the fear of not being able to provide dowry.
www.gurbani.org /webart69.htm   (2146 words)

 A Brand Called Dowry by Chitra Padmanabhan
What stung Sharma was that her in-laws-to-be acted unilaterally against the spirit of a mutually brokered deal on the amount of dowry to be given.
Dowry is a skein that unites the country, from a 100 per cent literate Kerala, the economically developed Punjab and Gujarat, to a backward Bihar.
There cannot be a better advertisement for such companies than the image of Sharma's 'brand-full' dowry looming large behind her, in fact, dwarfing her as she declares why she put an end to her wedding.
www.boloji.com /wfs/wfs207.htm   (1007 words)

 Dowry law in India - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In India, the payment of a dowry was prohibited in 1961 under Indian civil law.
The Dowry deaths law defines a "dowry death" as any of a wife in the first seven years of marriage without requiring evidence on a complaint that she had been put under unreasonable pressure to supply a dowry It provides for prison sentences for over seven years for those causing dowry death.
Whoever, being the husband or the relative of the husband of a woman, subjects such woman to cruelty shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and shall also be liable to fine.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Dowry_law_in_India   (477 words)

Provided that the Court may, for adequate and special reasons to be recorded in the judgment, impose a sentence of imprisonment for a term of less than six months.
(c) if the dowry was received when the woman was a minor, within three months after she has attained the age of eighteen years.
www.sudhirlaw.com /DOWRYACT.htm   (1853 words)

 Dowry - Q & A- Women - Indiatimes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Giving or taking dowry is an offence, punishable in India under the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961.Under the Act, dowry is defined as “any property or valuable security, given or agreed to be given, either directly or indirectly, as follows:-
The Act uses the phrase ‘in connection with the marriage and thus, seeks to widen the ambit of the term ‘dowry’.
it is shown that just before her death, she was subjected to cruelty and harassment by her husband or his relations for or, in connection with any demand for dowry, such death is known as a ‘dowry death’.
women.indiatimes.com /articleshow/184462.cms   (823 words)

 Elder abuse in India - Blog
This law, which was enacted to protect women and makes demanding a dowry a crime, is sometimes used to flmail men through false allegations of dowry extortion.
Dowry system in India is a social system, created by the society, and sanctioned by it for ages.
It was meant for the benefit of the women, as they did not inherit property, and Dowry was a way to give a semblance of inheritance to them from their parents.
www.dowry-law.org /7.html   (1896 words)

 Dowry in India
Definition Of Dowry :- Dowry or Dahej is the payment in cash or/and kind by the bride's family to the bridegroom' s family along with the giving away of the bride (called Kanyadaan) in Indian marriage.
The dowry was later given to help with marriage expenses and became a form of insurance in the case that her in-laws mistreated her.
When the dowry amount is not considered sufficient or is not forthcoming, the bride is often harassed, abused and made miserable.
www.indianchild.com /dowry_in_india.htm   (514 words)

 Dowry IN THE QURAN-MARRIAGE IN THE QURAN- Polygamy-Dowry-Alimony-one wife-divorce-family responsibility-children-Women ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
However, her forfeiting of the dowry applies only to the prophet, and not to the other believers.
Dowry could thus be paid in kind as well but it should be something which has a monetary value.
An example of dowry from the Quran could be that of Moses.
www.submission.org /women/dowry.html   (1224 words)

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