Dowry Laws in India: Review of Legal Framework & Recent SC Verdict

Dowry is the money, goods or estate that a woman brings to a marriage. Dowry is illegal in India under the Dowry Prohibition Act of 1961, under which both giving and accepting dowry is offence. The punishment for violating the law is 5 years imprisonment + Rs.15000/- fine or the value of the dowry given, […]

Supreme Court verdict on unwed mothers

The Supreme Court on 6th July 2015 passed a landmark judgement that allows an unwed mother to be the sole legal guardian of her child without the consent of the father. This judgement has broken a long edifice of patriarchal supremacy in the society. Background According to the Hindu Minority and Guardianship Act, father is […]