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Thread: What's with "Motorcycle" being a favorite part of Dowry List in Indian Marriages?

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    Question What's with "Motorcycle" being a favorite part of Dowry List in Indian Marriages?

    Guys, just came across this article on net which forced me to think why we Indians are so obsessed with dowries and mainly why "Motorcycle" is always a prime candidate in that list ?

    I would like to know honestly how many of you got your bikes as a wedding gift (soft word for dowry) ? Dont worry your names wont be disclosed here in the poll !

    A word of caution for all who are planning to get married, please read the article below :-

    New Delhi, February 17, 2011

    Any demand for money, property or valuable security made from the bride or her parents or other relatives by the bridegroom or his parents or other relatives or vice versa in connection with the marriage will fall within the mischief of “dowry' under the Dowry Prohibition Act, the Supreme Court has held.

    A Bench of Justices Aftab Alam and R.M. Lodha said “The mere demand for ‘dowry' before marriage, at the time of marriage or any time after the marriage is an offense. The 1961 Act has been amended by Parliament on more than one occasion and by the Dowry Prohibition (Amendment) Act, 1986, Parliament brought in stringent provisions and provided for offense relating to dowry death.”

    The Bench upheld a judgment of the Punjab and Haryana High Court confirming seven-year imprisonment awarded by a trial court to Bachni Devi and her son for causing the death of Kanta, wife of the second appellant, after their demand for a motorcycle for development of his business was not met by the victim's father, Pale Ram, a rickshawman.

    Writing the judgment, Justice Lodha rejected the contention of the appellants, that the demand for a motorcycle for development of business would not come within the ambit of dowry.

    The Bench said the term ‘dowry' “is defined comprehensively to include properties of all sorts as it takes within its fold ‘any property or valuable security' given or agreed to be given in connection with a marriage either directly or indirectly to be given or demanded ‘as consideration for the marriage'.”

    Any demand which was not properly referable to any legally recognised claim and was relatable only to the consideration of marriage would come within the ambit of ‘dowry' under the Act.


    “The Act is a piece of social legislation which aims to check the growing menace of the social evil of dowry and it makes punishable not only the actual receiving of dowry but also the very demand for dowry made before or at the time or after the marriage where such demand is referable to the consideration of marriage. Dowry as a quid pro quo for marriage is prohibited to be understood as it is defined in Section 2 of the Act.”


    From the facts of the case, it was clearly established that Kanta died other than under normal circumstances within seven years of marriage and she was subjected to harassment and ill-treatment by the appellants after Pale Ram refused to accede to their demand, the Bench said.
    Dismissing the appeal, it directed Bachni Devi to surrender herself for undergoing the sentence. Her son is already in jail.


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    The Hindu : News / National : Demand for motorcycle will come within dowry ambit: Supreme Court
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    Interesting topic approved.

    i guess it has more to do with the young age of the groom and the non-affordability of the car than anything else.

    Gifting the newly wed couple some means of personal transportation is indeed a wise decision unless it is forced.
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    Well i do know of a "biker" buddy so to speak, who sullenly did ask for a bike on his engagement... though i got to know about these means much after he shared his "die hard biking passion" with me.. So yeah.. it does happen...

    It has gone down.. But i remember people who would tell me, that as soon as there would be a girl in the house, the father would go and book a Bajaj Chetak. Because till the time for delivery came, the girl would be of marrying age, and apparently, wooing with a bajaj chetak was a sure shot way of making sure your girl got married!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by jd666 View Post
    Well i do know of a "biker" buddy so to speak, who sullenly did ask for a bike on his engagement... though i got to know about these means much after he shared his "die hard biking passion" with me.. So yeah.. it does happen...

    It has gone down.. But i remember people who would tell me, that as soon as there would be a girl in the house, the father would go and book a Bajaj Chetak. Because till the time for delivery came, the girl would be of marrying age, and apparently, wooing with a bajaj chetak was a sure shot way of making sure your girl got married!!!
    ROFL .... hahahaha .... is it ??

    I know its not funny but the way you have put it here makes me LMAO !
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    on a confession.. i did ask my gf ( wife to be soon ) to gift me a CBR600 after marriage.. ( actually to let me go and buy one for myself.. and not freak out with the high power machine ill be getting!! )


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    it used to happen earlier, then the focus of dowry gift shifted to maruti 800 and now even the 800 has lost charm.

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    reminds me of the scene from 3 idiots

    "ladkewale dahej mai maruti 800 mang rahe hai "

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