Causes and consequences of dowry in Indian society-An overview


Gaganpreet Kaur and Sukhdev Singh



Indian Journal of Economics and Development
Year : 2012, Volume : 8, Issue : 3
First page : ( 75) Last page : ( 82)
Print ISSN : 2277-5412.

Causes and consequences of dowry in Indian society-An overview

Kaur Gaganpreet1Ph.D. Scholar, Singh Sukhdev, Professor of Sociology

Department of Economics and Sociology, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana-141004


Online published on 1 August, 2013.


The recorded history and available sources indicate that prevalence of dowry is a century old phenomenon in Indian Society. Basically, the phenomenon of dowry was considered little help in starting new life of the married couple and was also sanctioned by religious and cultural ethos. This traditional practice of dowry has now turned into an evil form with many fold negative consequences in the society. One of the major negative consequences of dowry in the present time has been the rising number of dowry deaths and cruelty by the husbands and their family. The Fear of dowry has given rise to the phenomenon of female foeticide and domestic violence in Indian society. Keeping in view the alarming situation of increasing dowry, various anti-dowry associations are coming forward but there is need of educating youth and enforcement of strict laws against give and take of dowry.