Rwandan Lawmaker Wants Bride Price Scrapped

Bride price as a requirement for marriage should be stopped in order to prevent problems facing Rwandan families, according to MP Leonard Ndagijimana.

In some cultures, the groom pays bride price before seeking a woman's hand in marriage. However, others believe the centuries-old tradition has evolved into a price tag on the bride.

Ndagijimana said the trend of family conflicts and violence was a result of the fact that some couples are already burdened even before they tie the knot.

There are issues of rising number of divorce, family conflicts and gender-based violence, among many others.

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