THE DOWRY PROHOBITION ACT, 1961
Section 4 - Penalty for demanding dowry :- If any person, after the commencement of this Act, demands, directly or indirectly, from the parents or guardian of a bride or bridegroom, as the case may be, any dowry, he shall be punishable with imprisonment which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to five thousand rupees, or with both :
Provided that no Court shall take cognizance of any offence under this section except with the previous sanction of the State Government or of such officer as the State Government may, by general or special order, specify in this behalf.
Section 5 - Agreement for giving or taking dowry to be void :- Any agreement for giving or taking of dowry shall be void.
Section 6 - Dowry to be for the benefit of the wife or her heirs :-
Where any dowry is received by any person other than the woman in connection with whose marriage it is given that person shall transfer it to the woman –
if the dowry was received before marriage, within one year after the date of marriage ; or
if the dowry was received at the time of or after the marriage, within one year after the date of receipt ; or
if the dowry was received when the woman was a minor within one year after she has attained the age of eighteen years and pending such transfer, shall hold it in trust for the benefit of the woman.
If any person fails to transfer any property as required by sub-section (1) and within the time limited therefor, she shall be punishable with imprisonment, which may extend to six months or with fine which may extend to five thousand rupees, or with both ; but such punishment shall not absolve the person from his obligation to claim it from the property as required by sub-section (1).
Where the woman entitled to any property under sub-section (1) dies before receiving it, the heirs of the woman shall be entitled to claim it from the person holding it for the time being.
Nothing contained in this section shall affect the provisions of section 3 or 4.
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