Dowry is a complex issue and it is present in different forms many a times, it is difficult to know if an act is a dowry or a gift i have been doing a comprehensive study on the dowry system for over a year.
Originally answered: what is dowry a dowry is a sum of money or other valuables which a woman's father turns over to the man she marries it can either be legally kept in the woman's name or put in the man's name, depending on the culture. Dowry, in ordinary sense, refers to money, gifts, goods or estate that wife brings to her husband in marriage the dowry has a long history in europe, south asia, africa and other parts of the world the system of dowry is deep rooted in the indian society since the early days of the history.
Dowry system in india: problems, social dimensions and other details in the early days dowry was an institution in which gifts and presents were given to a girl at the time of her marriage when she was required to leave her parents’ home and join her husband’s household. Dowry which was an institution for the benefit of women in indian marriage system got converted into a custom to abuse and oppress women during the british rule of india, due to the discriminatory policies of the british against indian women.
Dowry as social evil 1 presented to : ma’am atia presented by taqdees iftikhar nimra tahir 2 dowry originated in the upper caste hindu communities as a wedding gift (cash or valuables) from the bride's family to the grooms. Is the system of taking dowry prevalent among indian muslims bride price is the most long standing tradition in human history compared the recent dowry as polygamy was practiced all along.
Dowry, a widely practised social malaise, forces many families deeper into poverty and it is one of the main reasons behind violence against women, education, economic empowerment of women, women’s equal rights to property and social awareness can help eliminate dowry system, they added. And the funny irony is:- most people in india hesitate to spend 1 lakh on daughter’s education, but proudly give dowry of 10 lakh for her marriage (real example is my friend’s sister) and, i salute those boys who marry without dowry.
The dowry system in india refers to the durable goods, cash, and real or movable property that the bride's family gives to the bridegroom, his parents, or his relatives as a condition of the marriage. It is reported that due to dowry problems there are 22 deaths per day in india (called as “dowry deaths”) the amount to be given (or demanded) depends on many factors like is the groom highly educated or earning well if yes, the rate will increase.