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The Hindu Succession Act, 1956 is an Act of the Parliament of India enacted to amend and codify the law relating to intestate or unwilled succession, among Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, and Sikhs.[ The Act lays down a uniform and comprehensive system of inheritance and applies to persons governed by both the Mitākṣarā and Dāyabhāga schools. It is hailed for its consolidation of Hindu laws on succession into one Act.

(Ps&A) deals with the following provisions of the dowry prohibition act:

Definition of "dowry". In this Act, "dowry" means any property or valuable security given or agreed to be given either directly or indirectly, Penalty for giving or taking dowry, Penalty for demanding dowry. Agreement for giving or taking dowry to be void. Dowry to be for the benefit of the wife or her heirs, Cognizance of offences, Offences to be non-cognizable, bailable and non-compoundable, Power to make rules,