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Section 1 Dowry Prohibition Act 1961: Short Title, Extent & Commencement

Section 1 (Short title, extent and commencement) of the Dowry Prohibition Act 1961 —

❝(1) This Act may be called the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961.

(2) It extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

(3) It shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint.❞


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Preamble of the Act: An Act to prohibit the giving or taking of dowry.

Effective Date of the Act: The Act came into force w.e.f. 1st July, 1961, vide notification No. S.O. 1410, dated 20th June, 1961, see Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, sec. 3(ii).

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Notes:

The Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961 (No. 28 of 1961) was amended by:
- the Delegated Legislation Provisions (Amendment) Act, 1983 (No. 20 of 1983) (w.e.f. 15-3-1984);
- the Dowry Prohibition (Amendment) Act, 1984 (No. 63 of 1984) (w.e.f. 2-10-1985);
- the Dowry Prohibition (Amendment) Act, 1986 (No. 43 of 1986) (w.e.f. 19-11-1986).

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