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n. from the days when a groom expected to profit from a marriage, the money and personal property which a bride brings to her new husband which becomes his alone. Dowry still exists in the Civil Code of Louisiana.

See: endowment

DOWRY. Formerly applied to mean that which a woman brings to her husband in marriage; this is now called a portion. This word is sometimes confounded with dower. Vide Co. Litt. 31; Civ. Code of Lo. art. 2317; Dig. 23, 3, 76; Code, 5, 12, 20.

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In Taiz, it is not uncommon for dowries to range from anywhere between YR2 million to YR4 million.
Rao (1993) states that South Asian dowries now account for up to fifty percent of a household's assets, and this has been increasing for the last four decades.
The cost of dowries has skyrocketed, at least in part because so many of the consumer goods considered necessary for a dowry are imported, with prices doubling since the rial plummeted in October 2012.
Sadly, he and four of his friends - two of whom had similarly crossed the border for dowries - were killed in Ghazni, on the treacherous Kabul-Kandahar highway, on the very day they returned from Iran.
The trend of lavish weddings began during the 1980s and has created a demographic imbalance by encouraging Omani men to marry foreign women, perceived as less likely to demand high dowries or weddings.
Another judge, this time a man, Steven Kavuma, expressed concern about the commercialisation of dowries, yet found no "convincing reason for the Court to impose a ban on such a constitutionally guaranteed custom" which is evidently enjoyed and practiced by a large majority of Ugandans.
Many times they are made weeks or even moments before the wedding, or, to avoid stipulations in the Dowry Restraint Act of 1961 which prohibits the giving or acceptance of dowries, demands may be made after the marriage has taken place to prevent repudiation or humiliation of the bride.
Non-Sephardi members could enter the names of poor female relatives as applicants for dowries since otherwise they would have had little incentive to join.
Nisha, 21, called police to have the groom arrested under 40-year-old laws banning dowries.
Stanley Chojnacki finds that Venetian husbands made provisions to return their wives dowries to encourage them not to remarry and to remain in their homes and raise their children.
It prompted officials there to issue a statement last week claiming that thousands of Indian women were being cheated out of their dowries.
The study finds that dowries on average are higher in the north than in the south.