Here is this rather insightful document, again from the NPRD, which gives a lot of information about police perspective on dowry violence.
Here is the document: Understanding Dowry Violence.
Here is an excerpt: “3. Section 3 Penalty for Giving or Taking Dowry Section 3 of the Dowry Prohibition Act 1961, provides that, “If any person after the commencement of this Act, gives or takes or abets the giving or taking of dowry, he shall be punishable with imprisonment which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to five thousand rupees, or with both.” But now the punishment has been enhanced and a minimum and maximum punishment limits have been laid down by the Dowry Prohibition (Amendment) Act, 1984. The Amending Act provides that, “the offence is punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less then six months, but which may extend to two years and with fine which may extent to ten thousand rupees or the amount of the value of such dowry, whichever is more.””