In Indian culture, the family of the bride gave her Streedhan, in the form of gifts and money on her wedding day. This wealth was meant to be for the bride, to give her a certain financial independence so that she would not have to be dependent on her husband after marriage.
Over the years, this tradition turned into the practice of giving dowry which is considered by the family of the groom as their right. Men are educated and groomed to demand large amounts from their potential partners. Unfortunately, the families of the women cannot meet these demands which often lead to harassment, abuse and in most cases, death.
ShaadiCares believes that a Marriage should be built on trust, mutual respect and love, definitely not on the amount of money that a woman can bring into a Marriage.