Journal Article

Dowry, Women, and Law in Bangladesh

Farah Deeba Chowdhury

in International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family

Volume 24, issue 2, pages 198-221
Published in print August 2010 | ISSN: 1360-9939
Published online April 2010 | e-ISSN: 1464-3707 | DOI:
Dowry, Women, and Law in Bangladesh

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Dowry increased with the expansion of capitalist relations that help capital accumulation by men in Bangladesh. It has been turned into ‘demand, extortion, material gain, and profit maximization’. The most common motives behind the dowry system are the grooms’ and their families’ greed, growing consumerism, excessive materialism, the need for status seeking, and rising expectations of a better and luxurious life. The dowry system has shifted as a result of women's increasing paid labour force activity. In most of the cases, husbands or in-laws control and appropriate women's income. Husbands consider their wives’ income as a source of wealth accumulation. This must be acknowledged as reality and the Dowry Prohibition Act amended. In this article I argue that appropriation of wives’ income or controlling wives’ income should be considered as dowry and therefore as a criminal offence.

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Subjects: Family Law ; Marriage and the Family

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