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She was an MBA and MCom graduate.
They kept sending her back.
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Allegations of harassment by in-laws have surfaced.
As punishment, the panchayat asked the the groom to transfer land to the bride.
He was already getting one as a gift but he wanted another!
SC ruled that if prosecution fails to prove that the accused charged in a dowry death case has harassed the woman to demand dowry, he can't be held guilty.
The practice of taking dowry has long been declared a criminal offence. Yet, it shows no signs of abating even in educated families, with the bride’s side continuing to bestow it in the form of cash, gold, luxury cars, apartments and so on to the groom’s eager family. Why is this? Is there any economics behind it? Is dowry like a scarcity rent? Does the relative bargaining position of women vis-à-vis men affect a woman's ability to find her preferred match?
Let me start by saying that I am not against marriage as an institution. However, I am against the fundamental inequality that has the power to convert an Indian marriage into a form of slavery.