Women’s Enews has an interesting article about a mass wedding in Pakistan in which 201 couples got married without dowries (presents traditionally given from the bride’s family to the groom’s family).
The article also has some interesting information about the history and impact of dowry payments.
“It has largely degenerated into a loathsome practice,” Nauzat Amir, an Islamabad-based political activist of the Pakistan Muslim League party said. “Now poor families work very hard to gain from marrying off their sons, while the rich compete with each other to outdo the lavishness of other’s dowries.” [...]
Activist Raise Issue of Dowry Violence
As in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh, the issue of dowry in Pakistan and the violence that often accompanies it has become one of major concern to women’s rights activists.
Numerous studies have been conducted on the issue of dowries in neighbouring India, where observers recorded 23,000 dowry-related deaths between 1994 and 1998. There are no such studies about the impact of dowry violence in Pakistan.