Uganda Supreme Court bans repayment of bride price

first_imgSouth Africa appoints first female Supreme Court president Liberia’s Supreme Court halts presidential runoff vote The refund of bride price after a breakdown of a customary marriage in Uganda is now illegal. The Supreme Court has pronounced. The refund of bride price after a breakdown of a customary marriage in Uganda is now illegal. The Supreme Court has pronounced.Uganda’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that refunding of goods paid to a bride’s family after divorce was illegal, sparking celebration by rights groups who said women would no longer be “chained in violent relationships.”In Uganda, as in many nations, the custom of the groom or his family paying a sum of money or property – known as a “bride price” – to the parents of the bride upon a marriage has a long tradition.Bride prices are payments made from the groom’s family to the bride’s – the opposite of dowries paid in some countries, where the bride hands goods over to the man.The Supreme Court ruled that refunding it upon dissolution of a customary marriage was unconstitutional, after local women’s rights group Mifumi launched an appeal following an earlier court decision, arguing the practice contributed to domestic violence.“Refunding compromises the dignity of the woman,” Chief Justice Bart Katureebe said, according to the Daily Monitor newspaper, adding that paying a dowry back implied a woman was in a marriage as though on “loan.”Mifumi said the judge’s decision was a “landmark in the history of Uganda” that meant women were “now free to walk out of an abusive relationship without fear” of how their family would pay back the bride price.Mifumi said the payment of a bride price “reduces the status of women to cattle, to property that can be earned and paid for and exchanged for goods.”The charity, along with 12 other individuals, first launched a 2007 petition at the Constitutional Court, arguing that the refunding of bride price portrayed women “as an article in a market for sale” amounting to “degrading treatment.”Relatedcenter_img Uganda bans smoking in public placeslast_img read more

Crandon urges fielding improvement ahead of Leeward Hurricanes clash

first_imgBy Rajiv BisnauthDESPITE the ideal start, head coach of the Guyana Jaguars, Esaun Crandon has urged his side to improve their fielding ahead of round two of the Regional Four-Day Championship against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes from November 18 to 21 at Warner Park.The defending champions whipped the Jamaica Scorpions by 181 runs in the opening round on Monday at the Guyana National Stadium, but Crandon warned his team that they needed to improve in order to be that competitive force as the tournament progresses.“Definitely we need to improve our fielding. We put down a few simple chances in the latter part of the second innings, and if we are to be competitive we need to improve in that area.Crandon added, “It’s an ideal start for us, our batters did well in both innings. They put us in a good position from the start. I think the bowlers did well, especially our spinners, (Veerasammy) Permaul and (Gudakesh) Motie, they bowled well in tandem, but having said that, I think (Eon) Hooper and the pacers (Keon) Joseph and (Raymon) Reifer also bowled well.”Romario ShepherdRomario ShepherdBatting wise, the former Guyana fast bowler urged his batsmen to aim for the three-figure digit.Four batsmen scored half-centuries, veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul (91), Rajendra Chandrika (86), Vishaul Singh (71) and Leon Johnson (69).Meanwhile, the senior selectors, led by former Guyana fast bowler, Rayon Griffith, has made one change for the two overseas games.Hooper, the off-spinner, who went wicket-less in the first round has been replaced by fast bowler Romario Shepherd. Hooper had replaced Devendra Bishoo who was called up for West Indies Tri-series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.On the other hand, Shepherd is yet to play first-class cricket, but represented Guyana in one List A game earlier this year.The win on Monday was the 18th time the Guyanese have gone undefeated since the 2013/2014 season.The Guyanese have earned 17.8 points from the opening round. They will move to the Darren Sammy Cricket ground to face the Windward Islands Volcanoes in round three from November 25 to 28 before returning home to challenge Barbados Pride in a day/night encounter and T&T Red Force.The full squad reads: Rajendra Chandrika, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Shimron Hetmyer, Leon Johnson (captain), Vishaul Singh (vice-captain), Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Raymon Reifer, Anthony Bramble, Veerasammy Permaul, Romario Shepherd, Gudakesh Motie, Keon Joseph and Christopher Barnwell.The officials are Esaun Crandon (coach), Rayon Griffith (assistant coach/manager) and Ernesto Campo Gonzalez (physiotherapist).last_img read more

Hamburg names Bert van new coach

first_imgHamburg have named former Netherlands boss Bert van Marwijk as their new manager after axing Thorsten Fink last week.Fink was dismissed following a 6-2 hammering by Dortmund, with Hamburg languishing third from bottom on the Bundesliga table with just four points from their opening six games.Before now, former Ghana international Otto Addo was placed in joint charge of the struggling club on an interim basisHSV have now turned to the experienced van Marwijk, who led the Dutch to the 2010 World Cup final, in a bid to turn around their fortunes.Announcement-We’re delighted that we have been able to appoint Bert van Marwijk as coach of HSV,” Hamburg director of sport Oliver Kreuzer told the club’s official website. -He has a great deal of experience and has proven his ability many times.ExperienceVan Marwijk has experience of the German top flight, having coached Borussia Dortmund from 2004 to 2006, he is to start his reign with Hamburg in the away game to Entrechat Frankfurt.last_img read more