Indian dowry payments remarkably stable, study says

Another interesting finding was the substantial differences in states over time. The southern state of Kerala showed a “stark and persistent dowry inflation” since the 1970s and had the highest average dowry in recent years, the study found. Other states such as Haryana, Punjab and Gujarat also registered inflation in dowry. On the other hand, average dowry decreased in states of Odisha (formerly Orissa), West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.