The Rajya Sabha on December 16 passed the Dowry Prohibition Bill, after deleting a controversial explanation, added by the Lok Sabha, to the definition of “dowry,” thus making the Bill more vigorous. The Rajya Sabha also made two other amendments to the Bill, one of which deletes the provision making penal “the demand” of a dowry. The Bill will now go back to the Lok Sabha for its concurrence to the amendments. The explanation sought to exempt from the definition of “dowry”, prohibited by the Bill, “any presents made at the time of marriage to either party to the marriage in the form of cash, ornaments, clothes or other articles… unless they are made as consideration for the marriage of the parties”.