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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?
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Many believe this incident based on a 2006 news report as fact, despite the Bachchan family's regular denials.
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More women are going into higher education than ever before and that rise is set to continue. This is a success story for India, yet our research, published in the journal, Demography, highlights that the custom of men marrying women who are less educated than they are remains widespread. Population projections by age and educational attainment suggest that by 2050 a high proportion of Indian women will be as educated, if not more so, than men. So isn't it time that men (and their families) started to celebrate this fact, viewing a good education as yet another attribute in a bride?