My friend recently announced her marriage and I felt very happy for her. Her parents were searching a suitable alliance for her last 3 years. But she later said that her dad gave Rs. 3 lakhs as dowry and promised to buy the house hold appliances & utensils for the couple to settle down. I was very shocked to hear this. My friend is working in software field earning more than 50,000 per month. Her dad was working as an auditor & family is well settled. Why would a well settled, educated family give dowry for marriage? I mean with her salary she can very well settle down in the new house. When I asked my friend her response was this is a common practise in my caste. If I were in my friend's place I would have said no to this marriage. My question is as a woman why would you give dowry & get married?In a case like this,What hope you have in the future that this guy is not after your salary or further dowry?