Court declares refund of bride price unconstitutional
The Supreme Court has declared that the refund of bride price by the woman’s parents or relatives upon a failed marriage is unconstitutional.
However, the same court declined to declare that practice of demanding for payment of bride-price as a precondition for customary marriage is unconstitutional.
This means that paying of bride price by the boy’s side to the parents of the girl is to continue.
In a majority judgment of 6:1, Justice Jotham Tumwesigye who wrote the lead judgment observed that it’s unfair to demand a refund of bride price from the woman’s parents after years of marriage.