THE DOWRY PROHIBITION ACT, 1961

Kanyadan became associated with varadakshina, i.e. the cash or gifts in kind by the parents or guardian of the bride to the bridegroom. It was offered out of love and affection and did not constitute any consideration for the marriage. It was a voluntary practice without any coercive force. But slowly and gradually, the voluntary element has disappeared and the coercive element has crept in which is popularly known in today’s world as “Dowry”.

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Marital rape- An Oxymoron?

The general meaning of rape can be understood as unlawful and forced sexual intercourse. Merriam Webster defines it as an illegal sexual activity committed by force or due to threat of injury and is against the will of the victim or someone incapable of giving consent due to mental disability, disorder, and unconsciousness.
The term’s legal definition, in the context of its consideration under Indian laws, has been codified under Section 375[1] of Indian Penal Code, 1860.

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Dowry Death Section 304B: Detailed Overview

In India marriage is considered to be a sacrament relation between the two-person. When the woman enters into a union, she has some expectation with the new bonds and perhaps wanted to be the same comfort, love and caring as she received in her own house. However, the one custom which persists to degrade the sanctity of marriage is dowry. The demand born out by the in-laws, husband and his relatives created so much mental pressure on the wife, her family, that for them only two options are left either to fulfil that demand or to just bear the harassment reluctantly and pacify the situation. soon the life of the wife becomes miserable and pathetic and this will lead to an insidious state resulting in dowry death.

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