The Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961(Act No. 28 of 1961)with(Maintenance of Lists of Presents to the Brideand Bridegroom) Rules, 19851990An Act to prohibit the giving or taking of dowryBe it enacted by Parliament in the Twelfth Year of the Republic of India as follows : 1. Short title, extent and commencement.--- (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.