Vol. 8, Special Issue 4 (2019)
Dowry in Malwa region of Punjab: A sociological analysis
Author(s): Ramandeep Kaur
Abstract: Marriage is such a combination of women and men, which is recognized by the society and the law. The problem of good dowry is found everywhere but in Sri Muktsar Sahib District of Malwa it has a different form. The dowry that has been recognized by law is not an offense, it is called legal dowry (The Dowry Prohibition Act 1961). The main objective of the study are obtaining information about the dowry practices in the specific context of Sri Muktsar district and obtaining information on the causes of high dowry. A total of 120 families were selected. These were the families who were married for the year 2013-2014. Each family member of one of the 120 families interviewed was interviewed. These respondents included people of both upper and lower castes. Thus, information collected from the 120 respondents with the help of the interview schedule. It was seen that the Dowry system was found more in Jat community in Muktsar. According to acre, dowry is given in marriage. In 2013, on an acre costing Rs 1,00,000: and spent on marriage at 1,25,000 in 2014. The male value is found through a dowry. The cost of dowry is increasing every year for acre. It has also been seen that there is a competition among people about giving dowry. People see each other more than dowry. This practice was seen in poor people too. The main reason for the increased dowry practice in Muktsar is that the people have open lands. It has been found that due to the low levels of education, people are not aware of this problem; apart from this, greedy and public display is more in the public, people show their social status by spending more on marriage. In earlier times the dowry was given as a parent's love, but now it has become a competition through which people display their social status. This is due to the fear of spreading many social evils in the future.
How to cite this article:
Ramandeep Kaur. Dowry in Malwa region of Punjab: A sociological analysis. 2019; 8(4S): 32-35.