Wel, there is no need to give dowry to get marry according to the present trend. But still there are many people who play with the girls parents and with girl by asking dowry. I have seen many cases who harassed their daughter in law for dowry and who stopped performing marriage of their son for having more money for the sake of dowry, moreover they wont even bother about their son age getting age bar.
The bride need not give money or gold to her husband in the name of dowry. Once became life partners, it is the husband’s responsibility to protect his wife. But, we are living in a society that creates all strange customs. If the husband is a determined person, dowry can be avoided.