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annikastheory wrote

Last year, villagers updated the regulations: the groom’s family now has to pay 50,000 rupees (£500) to the bride’s family, which includes 20,000 of mehr, to account for inflation. There is no wedding feast – only dates and tea can be served – and just three people are allowed to accompany the groom.

So isn't that still a dowry? I get that it is drastically different than the current practice in fact it seems to flip the whole practice on its head which is great. Maybe dowry has a more narrow meaning than I realize.

Also I highly recommend reading one of the articles linked in this titled: Dowries a major contributor to India's gender imbalance, researchers find