This is among a number of amendments to the act suggested by the National Commission for Women (NCW). NCW Chairperson Girija Vyas told the Hindustan Times that all women should be treated equally irrespective of the number of years they had been married. “We have come across cases of dowry harassment of women married for 25-30 years,” she said.
The NCW has also proposed that the victim or her family should have the right to claim the gifts received during the wedding, in addition to the existing provision of seeking stridhan (gifts given by the bride’s parents). “A list of the gifts received in the marriage will be prepared and vetted by the service or protection officers to be appointed as per the proposal,” said a NCW official.
The proposed amendments by the NCW also include deterrents against offering dowry. “We don’t want to punish the parents, but have proposed provisions for deterrence,” Vyas said.