The Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961

  • This Act extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • This Act prohibits the practice of giving or taking dowry by either party to a marriage. This law also punishes demanding and advertising dowry.
  • 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.
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