Dowry is a social evil in the society, that has caused unimaginable tortures and crimes towards women. The evil has taken lives of women from all stratas of society - be it poor, middle class or the rich. However it is the poor who succumb and fall prey to it, more due to their lack of awareness and education.
It is because of the dowry system, that daughter are not valued as much as sons. In society, many times it has been seen that they are seen as a liability and are often subjected to subjugation and are given second-hand treatment may it be in education or other amenities.
Today the government has come up with many laws and reforms, not only to eradicate the dowry system but also to uplift the status of the girl child by bringing in many schemes.
It is now for society at large to become aware of and understand the situation. It is up to all of us to take active steps in bringing about the necessary change and stop either giving or taking dowry. We must all know that we should start valuing our daughters first so that others know their value once they grow up.
Hence education and independence is one powerful and valuable gift that you can give your daughter. This will in turn help her to be financially sound and be a contributing member of the family, giving her respect and right status in the family. So Providing your daughter with a solid education, and encouraging her to pursue a career of her choice is the best dowry any parent can ever give their daughter.
Source : India parenting website
The Dowry Prohibition Act 1961 deals with dowry in India.
What is this law about?
Note that the more serious crimes in relation to dowry such as dowry death and cruelty from dowry demands are punishable under the general law on crimes – the Indian Penal Code, 1860.
Who can be punished under this Act?