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
"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),
"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.