Sections Particulars
Introduction
The ancient marriage rites in the Vedic period are associated with Kanyadan. It is laid down in Dharamshastara that the meritorious act of Kanyadan is not com...
1 Short title, extent and commencement.
- (1) This Act may be called the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961. (2) It extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir. (3) It shall come i...
2 Definitions of 'dowry'.
In this Act, "dowry" means any property or valuable security given or agreed to be given either directly or indirectly. 1. By one party to a marriage to the...
3 Penalty for for giving or taking dowry.
[(Note: Section 3 re-numbered as sub-section (1) thereof by Act No.63 of 1984, sec.3) (1)]If any person, after the commencement of this Act, gives or takes o...
4 Penalty for demanding dowry.
[(Note: Subs. by act 63 of 1984, sec.4) If any person demands, directly or indirectly, from the parents or other relatives or guardian of a bride or bridegroom...
4A Ban on advertisement.
-Ifany person,-(a) offers, through any advertisement in any newspaper, periodical, journal or through any other media, any share in his property or if any mon...
5 Agreement of giving or taking dowry to be void.
.-Any agreement for the giving or taking of dowry shall be void....
6 Dowry to be for the benefit of the wife or her heirs.
(1) Where any dowry is received by any person other than the woman in connection with whose marriage it is given, that person shall transfer it to the woman-...
7 Cognizance of offences.
- Notwithstanding anything contained in the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974),-(a) no Court inferior to that of a Metropolitan Magistrate or a Jud...
8 Offences to be cognizable for certain purposes and to be non-bailable and non-compoundable.
-(l The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974), shall apply to offences under this Act as if they were cognizable offences-(a) for the purposes of invest...
8A Burden of proof in certain cases.
-Where any person is prosecuted for taking or abetting the taking of any dowry under Sec. 4, or the demanding of dowry under Sec. 4, the burden of proving tha...
8B Dowry Prohibition Officers.
-(1)The State Government may appoint as many Dowry Prohibition Officers as it thinks fit and specify the areas in respect of which they shall exercise their j...
9 Power to make rules.
(1) The Central Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, make rules for carrying out the purposes of this Act.(2) In particular, and without pr...
10 Power of State Government to make rules.
- (1) The State Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, make rules for carrying out the purposes of this Act.(2) In particular, and without pr...
The Dowry Prohibition (Maintenance Of Lists Of Presents To The Bride And Bridegroom) Rules, 1985
1 Short Title And Commencement
-( 1) These rules may be called the Dowry Prohibition (Maintenance of Lists of Presents to the Bride and Bridegroom) Rules, 1985.(2) They shall come into force...
2 Rules In Accordance With Which Lists Of Presents Are To Be Maintained
-( 1) The lists of presents which are given at the time of the marriage to the bride shall be maintained by the bride.(2) The list of presents which are given ...
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