Maneka seeks blocking of dowry calculator website

Maneka seeks blocking of dowry calculator website

Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has asked Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to block a website which claims to calculate the dowry amount for grooms and take action against its developers.

Maneka wrote a letter in this regard on Wednesday to her cabinet colleague Prasad, saying the website should be blocked as it promotes seeking dowry by men.

She said that it has been brought to her notice that there is a website that suggests a dowry amount a potential groom can expect after considering parameters like his caste, qualification, profession, income etc.

Maneka said in her letter this was not only shameful but also illegal as it promoted dowry.

"I request you to have this site blocked immediately and initiate action against the owners/developers of the website and the agency which is hosting this website," the minister said.

She further mentioned that she has asked the secretary in the ministry of WCD to initiate proceedings under the Dowry Prohibition Act in this matter. The practice of dowry is a punishable offence.

The website, which has been seen by some on social media networks as a satirical attempt at the practice of dowry, says on its website that it is "dedicated to all the match-making aunties of India".