Marriage is a very expensive
affair in Rajasthan because of the dowry system. The dowry is often unbearable
burden on the parents of the girl who have to pay a large sum to get their
daughter married. The parents of the girl are virtually ruined because
they have to take loans on exorbitant interest from money-lenders and
to repay the loans and the interest, they have to sell their property.
During medieval times, because of this evil system, many people killed
their female offspring as soon as they were born.