conditional upon dowry is no doubt a great social evil. As such, it is
condemnable. It is really shameful if the bridegroom or his family demand dowry
from the bride. This has indeed become a great hindrance to marriage. We see
several girls going past their marriageable age because their families cannot
meet this demand.
However, if the bride’s parents
want to gift something to her on their own without any pressure from the other
side, then this cannot be objected to. The only thing is that this should not
become a show of wealth or pomposity whereby a wrong trend is set in the
society, which, of course, would be detrimental for the deprived classes. An
effective way to avoid making a display of such gifts is to give them much
earlier or perhaps much later than the ceremony.