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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.

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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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"Getting rid of the practice, or at least decreasing the price of dowries on the whole, will help youth start families and strengthen society."
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.
The aim of the Dotar was to provide dowries for poor orphan women and other young women throughout the Portuguese Sephardic Diaspora.
Nisha, 21, called police to have the groom arrested under 40-year-old laws banning dowries.
She attributes this higher profile in the late Trecento to increases in the size of dowries and the wealth women gained as survivors of plague victims.
The study finds that dowries on average are higher in the north than in the south.
Every year in India, some 6,000 newly wed brides--and perhaps as many as 15,000--are murdered or driven to suicide in disputes over their dowries, reports Mandelbaum, a journalist and novelist.