Civil society groups oppose proposed amendments to DP Act



Hyderabad: Opposing the proposed amendments to Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961, civil society groups here on Wednesday alleged that the amendments amounted to legalising dowry.

"The amendments include mandatory requirement for couples to notify the list of gifts exchanged during their wedding ceremony. Through the amendments, the government is legalising and encouraging the practice of dowry," Uma Challa, president of All India Forgotten Women's Association (AIFWA), told reporters.

"The question before the media and all citizens is, when are we going to realise we are being fooled and say 'no' to laws like the DP Act, which has so many inherent flaws that their honest implementation will never be possible," she asked.

"In the event of the proposed amendments to the DP Act getting passed, AIFWA, Save Indian Family Foundation (SIFF) and Andhra Pradesh Mothers-in-law Protection Association (APMPA) would like to issue a word of caution to all men intending to get married to insist on securing a pre-nuptial agreements to protect themselves from false cases when a marriage turns sour or breaks down," she said.

The pre-nuptial agreements should be about how the couple intend to split in the event of a break down of marriage, Challa said. Dowry is a social evil and the Dowry Prohibition Act should be implemented in letter and spirit to put an end to the menace, she added.

PTI