A recent World Bank study has revealed that in the last few decades, the cases of dowry system in the villages of India have come down. However, these cases are still coming to the fore. According to reports, researchers have studied 40,000 marriages in rural India from 1960 to 2008.
He has claimed that dowry was given in 95 per cent of marriages, while the practice of dowry has been outlawed in 1961. He also said that due to the dowry system, domestic violence also sometimes occurs, due to which the victims also die. This study has been done on 17 states of India.
Transaction gap between two families is high
The researchers selected such states for their study, where 96 percent of the people are rural. He has focused on rural India for his studies. Researchers found in their study that there was a significant difference in the value of gifts given by the bride’s family to the groom or his family and the value of gifts given by the groom’s family to the bride and her family. He said, “While a groom’s family spends an average of Rs 5,000 on gifts to the bride’s family, the value of a gift given by the bride’s family is seven times more, which is about Rs 32,000. The difference is huge and the same pattern has been used for years.”
Dowry system still continues in these two states
It has been said in the report that there are two such states in India where dowry system is still continuing. “The practice of giving dowry in Kerala has increased steadily and rapidly since the 1970s. In recent years, the highest average dowry taken and given has been given here,” the report said. It further said, “The cases of transactions in marriages are also increasing in Punjab. However, the average dowry has decreased over the years in the states of Odisha, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.”
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