Uganda outlaws bride price refund, declares it unconstitutional

Bride price refund outlawed in Uganda

By on August 7, 2015 — The Supreme Court of Uganda has declared refunds of bride price after the end of a customary marriage to be unconstitutional and, therefore, illegal

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A 6-1 majority vote of the Supreme Court judges in favour of outlawing bride price refunds sealed the deal on Tuesday with the judges noting that such refunds dishonour the institution of marriage and equate it to a mere transaction, Uganda’s New Vision reported.

The judgement originates from a 2007 petition filed in the Constitutional Court by Mifumi Uganda Limited, a Women’s rights lobby group, among other local activism groups. The groups’ main concern was if the refund is constitutional and the link between bride price and domestic violence.

In 2010, the practice of bride price was upheld by the Constitutional Court. According to the court, the group failed to show a link between bride price and domestic violence. This prompted them to appeal to the Supreme Court.

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