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Maneka seeks blocking of dowry calculator website

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Union Women and Child Development has asked to block a website which claims to calculate the amount for grooms and take action against its developers.

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

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

Gandhi 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 said.

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

The website, which have been seen by some on 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".

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, May 30 2018. 19:40 IST