Across many parts of India, Dowry is demanded before marriage. If the bride's parents have not been able to fulfill such a demand, then the marriage is broken. Keeping this in mind, the Dowry Prohibition Act does take note of the situation wherein Dowry is demanded before marriage.
Under this Act, legal action can be taken if the Dowry is being demanded before marriage. It is because of the below-mentioned reason:
Under the Act, the definition of Dowry consists of property and valuable security given or agreed to be given before or during or after the marriage.