The Kerala Women’s Commission on Monday submitted a bill to the state government to tackle dowry-related harassment and ostentatious marriages.
The bill, “Prevention of Extravagance and Unlimited Expenses for Weddings in Kerala, 2021,” was submitted today, the Commission said in a statement.
The commission said the bill was drafted to regulate ostentatious marriages, resulting in serious social and economic problems, including huge financial liability for the bride’s family.
The move follows public outrage over the death of a 24-year-old woman, who was found hanged at her in-laws’ home in Kollam recently in a suspected dowry harassment death case.
On July 8, the Commission launched a public awareness campaign against dowry practices in society.
The women’s panel also submitted its recommendations for changes to the 1961 dowry ban law.
The Commission observed that gifts in the form of money, gold or clothing given to either spouse at the time of marriage are currently not considered a dowry under the law.
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