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Dowry Cases
In India, the payment of a dowry is prohibited in 1961 under Indian civil law and subsequently by Sections 304B and 498A of the Indian Penal Code. These laws were enacted to make it easier for the wife to seek redress from harassment by the husband's family. Anti-dowry laws have been criticized by men's rights groups, who accuse women and their families of misusing the laws.

Dowry prohibition Act

To control the evil custom of dowry either in shape of any property or valuable security directly or indirectly between the members of spouse is controlled by dowry prohibition act are offenses. It is affective within seven years from the date of marriage.

IPC Section 406

This section, for offences related to Criminal Breach of Trust, is usually applied in investigation of stridhan recovery from the husband and his family. Offences under this section are Non-bailable and cognizable.
Section 406.
Punishment for criminal breach of trust.
Whoever commits criminal breach of trust shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.

IPC Section 304B

This Section of the Indian Penal Code was inserted by a 1986 amendment. The wording of the law states:
Section 304B. Dowry death (1) Where the death of a woman is caused by any burns or bodily injury or occurs otherwise than under normal circumstances within seven years of her marriage and it is shown that soon before her death she was subjected to cruelty or harassment by her husband or any relative of her husband for, or in connection with, any demand for dowry, such death shall be called "dowry death" and such husband or relative shall be deemed to have caused her death.

Explanation:-For the purpose of this sub-section, "dowry" shall have the same meaning as in section 2 of the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961 ( 28 of 1961).
(2) Whoever commits dowry death shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than seven years but which may extend to imprisonment for life.
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