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Ugandas Supreme Court rules out dowry refund

from BBC

Uganda's Supreme Court has ruled out dowry (bride price) refund on the dissolution of a customary marriage.

The Supreme Court has declared such practice unconstitutional and has therefore banned it.

The judges said the practice suggests that women were in a market place, and their rights to divorce were being infringed on. But they rejected the argument that the bride price itself was unconstitutional.

The BBC quotes campaigners as saying the dowry turns a woman into the husband's property. In Uganda, should a traditional marriage end, the wife is expected to refund the dowry, often paid in livestock.

But it was further argued that as women tend to have less wealth than their husbands, many became trapped in unhappy relationships.

 


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