Dowry 'should be banned' in UK according to lawyer
22 August 2014 Last updated at 21:15 BST
The tradition of giving a wedding dowry is causing growing division and domestic violence amongst Asian families in Britain and should be banned, according to a leading British lawyer.
It is a practice common among Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Buddhists, and in India is blamed for the death of thousands of women every year.
Shaimaa Khalil reports.