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Uganda Bride Price Refund Outlawed by Top Judges

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Republic of Uganda President Yoweri Museveni speaks during an interview, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. Museveni, who turns 71 in September, is one of Africa’s longest serving leaders. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Republic of Uganda President Yoweri Museveni speaks during an interview, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

(BBC) – Uganda’s Supreme Court has ruled that the practice of refunding a bride price on the dissolution of a customary marriage is unconstitutional and should be banned.

The judges said it suggested that women were in a market place, and infringed on their right to divorce.

But they rejected the argument that the bride price itself was unconstitutional.

Campaigners said that it turns a woman into the husband’s property.

Should a marriage end in Uganda, the wife had been expected to refund the bride price – often paid in livestock.

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