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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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The general and his wife were aware of this agreement, and, therefore, when Totski suggested himself for one of the sisters, the parents made no doubt that one of the two elder girls would probably accept the offer, since Totski would certainly make no difficulty as to dowry.
ISLAMABAD -- Minister of State for Human Rights Barrister Zafarullah Khan Wednesday said effective legislation would be made to end the dowry culture from the country.
LAHORE -- Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) will soon give a comprehensive strategy against the menace of dowry and violence on women.
Earlier reports said the dowry for unmarried women was to be fixed at SR50,000, while the amount for divorcees would be SR30,000.
Police have arrested three men on suspicion of attempted murder at Dowry House, Rubery Lane South, Rubery.
Mumbai: Summons have been issued to controversial self-styled spiritual guru Radhe Maa by police in Mumbai over her alleged involvement in a dowry harassment case filed by a 32-year-old woman.
New Delhi: With an average 10,000 false dowry harassment cases being registered every year, government plans to amend the criminal law to prevent frequent misuse of its legal provisions.
Accused involved in serious crimes such as rape and dowry get away with punishment like shoe slaps and fine as low as 75 paise.
Traditionally in Yemen, marriages come after a hefty mahar, or dowry, is paid to the father of the bride by the groom and his family.
That if the dowry is a component of certain contracts or contract between spouses or specific nature, or a combination of the above [5].
Women face challenges not only in the media, but also in deeply-rooted Indian societal infrastructures, such as the issue of dowry and a woman's rights in marriage.
The Supreme Court has ruled that the police cannot automatically arrest an accused in a dowry case before judicially examining it.