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Section 4A of Dowry Prohibition Act 1961: Ban on Advertisement

Section 4A (Ban on advertisement) of the Dowry Prohibition Act 1961 —

❝If any person—

 (a) offers, through any advertisement in any newspaper, periodical, journal or through any other media, any share in his property or of any money or both as a share in any business or other interest as consideration for the marriage of his son or daughter or any other relative,

 (b) prints or publishes or circulates any advertisement referred to in clause (a),

he shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than six months, but which may extend to five years, or with fine which may extend to fifteen thousand rupees:

 Provided that the Court may, for adequate and special reasons to be recorded in the judgment, impose a sentence of imprisonment for a term of less than six months.❞



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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