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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Indian culture, traditions and practices # 4

Dowry is quite a rampant practice in India. Dowry refers to material gifts bride's family gives during her marriage. Traditionally it's called "Kanyashulkam" (brideg's gifts) and it used to be a gift only (which means it was optional). But lately it has become such a menace in India that the government of India had to enact a legislation prohibiting it.

Bridegroom and his family demand whatever they want/ can and if the bride's family cannot provide, there have been cases of cancellation of weddings/ harassment of wife/ daughter in alw after the wedding. Demands seem to vary depending on the earning power of the bridegroom. More qualified and earning groom demands more dowry than the one who doesn't.

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