Dowry should not be taken or given. It makes love transactional as if it’s a commodity.
A person who truly loves you, will love and accept you despite the exchange of expensive “gifts” given in the name of dowry. It perpetuates subjugation of women. Why must a woman pay to be loved and cared for?
A woman when married brings way more to the family she is going to that can be measured just in monetary terms. And even if she doesn’t, nobody should have to pay their way to love and companionship.
Women should value themselves more!
Just because everybody does it, doesn’t make it right. Put an end to this. Stand strong and say, “No!”