Dowry Prohibition Act
[XXXV of 1980]
Sections 2 & 4— The legislature has taken care to see that not only the
taking or giving of dowry or abetment thereof before or at the time of marriage
is made an offence but also the demand thereof after marriage.
For a conviction under section 4 of our Act, the word
“dowry” need not be interpreted in terms of the definition of
“dowry” in section 2. In that view of the matter we find that the
conviction and sentence imposed upon the appellant under section 4 of the Dowry
Prohibition Act, 1980 do not suffer from any illegality. We sustain the
conviction and sentence not on the reasoning given by the learned Judges of the
High Court Division in 40 DLR 360 but on the ground that the word
“dowry” in section 4 is not to be read in terms of the definition of
the word “dowry” in section 2 but in its ordinary sense. Abul Basher Howlader vs State and another 46
DLR (AD) 169.
Sections 2 & 4— If dowry is demanded after the marriage then also the
offence under section 4 will be attracted. Salam
Mollick (Md) vs State 48 DLR 329.