Thursday, February 9, 2012

Bride Wealth and Dowry

Bride wealth is a form of marriage exchange involving giving cash or goods by the bridegroom's kin to the bride's  kin to settle a marriage.A person can claim compensation for violation of conjugal rights only when bride wealth had been paid.If a marriage is terminated , bride wealth has to be returned to the giver. Bride wealth enables the husband to have economic,domestic and conjugal rights over wife.It enables the wife to hold her husband accountable for violation of conjugal rights.The rights of both help to keep the husband and wife together but divorce is known in societies where bride wealth is prevalent.

Dowry is giving cash and goods by the bride's kin to the bridegroom's kin.The dowry may be a part of the inheritance of family property by the bride.It may help the bride to set up home or keep it as an insurance for future needs.In India the dowry system has put serious threat to the social fabric of society.Pressed and harassed  for more and more dowry young women are killed or driven to suicide.

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