UGANDA’S top court on Thursday banned the practice of refunding bride price — normally livestock given by the groom to his bride’s family — when a marriage ends in divorce. The Supreme Court agreed with activists that paying bride price undermines women’s dignity but upheld the practice nonetheless. Still,
Leah Nabunnya, a spokeswoman for the Mifumi Project, a Ugandan group behind the case, said the decision was a victory. She said studies by her group showed that many women were stuck in abusive marriages because divorce meant their families would be obligated to refund the bride price.
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