Dowry calculating website causes outrage, minister Maneka Gandhi promises tough action
Taking and giving dowry is a crime and there are many laws in India that prohibit people from following the dowry-based marriage system.
However, dowry is still given and taken during marriages. Dowry-related deaths are still reported in many parts of India.
What is even more shocking is that there is technology that is enabling people to calculate the right amount of dowry!
A website known as the dowry calculator offers to help you decide the right amount to be demanded in dowry.
Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has asked IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to block the website as it promotes the dowry system.
She has also demanded that action should be taken against developers of the website.
The site has fields where one can enter details like the salary, skin colour, and height of the groom to calculate the dowry.