• Research/Scholar Paper name – Interplay of Dowry and Child Marriage – A Historical Perspective
  • Author: Poorvaja G
  • Institution: Amity Law School, Noida
  • Affiliation: Centre for Study of Contemporary Legal Issues
  • Date of Publication: 11/07/2022


Social evils such as dowry and child marriage are practices that are followed since ancient India. While their practice gets diluted with generations, complete eradication of these menaces is not possible. This is because the damage has been done at the grassroot level and its practice has been encouraged all over the world for the past many generations. Southeast Asia is known for having the most cases of child marriage and dowry. The biggest task for an individual is to change the traditional way in which things have been done and accept change. While laws can be framed to minimize the practice of such evils if not eradicate it, its implementation and its relevance is determined by the people.

This paper analyses the importance of right to education to eradicate two social menaces, namely dowry and child marriage. This paper is divided in to four parts. Part One examines dowry and its evil effects on society, and how it can be linked to child marriage. Part Two discusses the adverse impact of child marriage on the country, and why it still exists despite laws existing to eradicate it. Part Three studies Right to Education as a solution to eradicate the above-mentioned issues. Finally, Part Four of the paper discusses the role of society in ending these social evils.

Interplay of Dowry and Child Marriage – A Historical Perspective

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