Panchayats in Mathura ban dowry, lavish feasts
"Our efforts are to stop these wrong practices and make people aware of the reality. For example, dowry is nothing more than a bribe to the groom`s family. The priority should be to educate the girl and make her independent, instead of wasting money by spending lavishly on her wedding," he said.
Eight Panchayats in Mathura have issued a diktat banning dowry, consumption of liquor and lavish feasts in `shraadhs` and post-death rituals, Photo: mathura.gov.in