How is dowry different from gifts given during weddings, from one side to another?
The crucial difference between dowry and a wedding gift is that gifts are given out of one’s own free will, there is no coercion or pressure. The main condition for something to be seen as dowry is that it must be given as a condition for marriage. So any gift that is given, whether it’s property, money, or anything else of value, would be considered as dowry, if it’s given as a condition for marriage. Customary gifts exchanged in accordance with prevailing practice and custom is not considered dowry.
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