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
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.