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Why is dowry so deeply entrenched in our society? Analyse ethically.

Topic: role of Family society and educational institutions in inculcating values;

6. Why is dowry so deeply entrenched in our society? Analyse ethically. (150 words)

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4.

Key Demand of the question:

To examine the ethical perspective for the prevalence of dowry in modern society.


Analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary.

Structure of the answer:


Begin the answer by giving the context on the problem of dowry in India.


Write about ethical issues responsible for the issue of dowry. Greed of money, Patriarchy, disobedience towards law, lack of empathy toward girl and her family, cultural issues, acceptance, sexist attitude and male chauvinistic tendencies etc.

Bring out the consequences of prevalence of dowry system. The very institution of marriage is being altered by this evil system. Marriage has become a potential death trap for an increasing number of women, particularly in the northern parts of the country. Instead of assisting newly- wed couples to set up a household, dowry has become a major disruption of marital harmony


Suggest measure to tackle this widespread menace.