Voluntary Gifts given by parents, friends to bride, bridegroom out of love and affection not dowry: Calcutta High Court

The Court ruled that while dowry as a quid pro quo for marriage is prohibited, giving of traditional presents to the bride or the bride groom by friends and relatives is not.
Calcutta High Court
Calcutta High Court

The Calcutta High Court has ruled that voluntary gifts given by relatives and friends before or after the wedding to the bride or the bridegroom and which are not given as a consideration for marriage but out of love and affection, will not fall within the definition of 'dowry' under the Dowry Prohibition Act (Netai Ghosh v. State of West Bengal).

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