I personally am not against giving dowry to BRIDE /DAUGHTER. but what i think is people here ( indo-pak subcontinent) believe dowry is for son-in-law. He will keep our daughter happy if we give more and more (expensive) things to our daughter.
I am getting married soon, and we (me and my parents) already made it clear that we have everything in our house, if you (her parents) want to give some thing to your daughter, make sure it stays in bedroom(and it will).
Unfortunately ( it happened in my distinct relatives too) parents compete each other by giving expensive things including jewelry and even vehicles as dowry. some parents are not capable of bearing such expenses so they lend money to buy these things. . .just. . for .. competition.
in last.. about LINE.
What I've read about marriages,(I don't remember if it is a saying of Prophet (s.a.w.w) or any Masoom(a.s) )
it is best to bare expense of marriage from bride side too.
So a husbands can furnish their rooms with every thing they want. and its a good thing.