Grooms to declare marriage gift list in Orissa
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Last Updated: Thursday, June 10, 2010, 20:58
Bhubaneswar: Alarmed by a spurt in dowry related crimes, Orissa government has decided to provide teeth to the existing anti-dowry laws by making it mandatory for grooms to notify list of gifts received during their wedding, officials said on Thursday.

While all couples would have to declare the list of gifts including gold ornaments, cash and other items received during marriage, grooms serving in the state government need to declare that they did not accept any dowry.

"The declaration of the government servant will be submitted with the head of the department," said an official working under the women and child development department.

The declaration to be submitted by the government-serving groom should have the signatures of wife, father, mother, father-in-law and mother-in-law, he added.

Following a state cabinet decision, the government would soon bring the Orissa Dowry Prohibition Amendment Rules-2010, said chief secretary T K Mishra adding the state dowry prohibition officer would have punitive powers to punish the culprits.

Though the tradition of giving dowry during marriages was banned in the country in 1961, the practice continued even today, the government felt.

Orissa recorded 3376 dowry related cases in 2008 as against 2966 in 2006, they said.

The state government would also seek the help of NGOs in its bid to effectively implement new rules, he said.


First Published: Thursday, June 10, 2010, 20:58

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