If any person demands, directly or indirectly, from the parents or other relatives or guardian of a bride or bridegroom, as the case may be, any dowry, he shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than six months, but which may extend to two years and with fine which may extend to ten thousand rupees:

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

Bullet Points on Section 4 of Dowry Prohibition Act:

  • Anyone who demands dowry, directly or indirectly, from the parents, relatives, or guardian of a bride or bridegroom can face punishment.
  • Punishment includes imprisonment for a minimum of six months, extendable up to two years, and a fine up to ₹10,000.
  • The Court has the discretion to reduce the prison term if it cites sufficient and exceptional reasons in the judgment.
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