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Latest items for MARR-PRACTICE-5

Feb. 16, 2018, 9:12 a.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"The Committee remains concerned about...the continued practice of dowry" (17).
Jan. 17, 2018, 4:41 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"It is expected that a certain amount of the father's property be designated for his daughter's dowry and may be claimed from the brother's inheritance" (15).
Dec. 28, 2017, 3:55 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"Rebecca Amok was 15 when told by her father in 2016 that she was to marry 25-year-old Sabit, a man she had never met, because the family needed the 15 cattle his family would pay in dowry" (para 3). "Cows are everything in South Sudan. If a man is to marry, his family must have cattle to pay the bride’s family. But as security has deteriorated, cattle raiding has increased and families who have lost their livestock have been unable to marry off sons they are struggling to feed. Searching for a solution, many have turned to younger daughters as a means to acquire cattle" (para 6). "'There’s a link ...more
Dec. 21, 2017, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5, MARR-PRACTICE-6, MARR-PRACTICE-9

"'It costs a very huge amount of money for normal Chinese man to get married to a Chinese woman,' explained Ha Thi Van Khanh, national project coordinator for the U.N.'s anti-trafficking organization in Vietnam. Traditionally, Chinese men wishing to marry local women are expected to pay for an elaborate banquet and to have purchased a new home to live in after the wedding. 'This is why they try to import women from neighboring countries, including Vietnam'" (para 16).
Dec. 14, 2017, 8:03 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

At 10:03 the video says "When a girl marries in Bangladesh her family usually pays the groom a 'dowry.' The older the bride, the more the family must pay. For many families, paying dowry is still less costly than keeping a daughter in Dhaka"(ENB-Coder Comment). At 10:16 the video says "One week after the wedding they started demanding dowry. The money that was agreed was demanded, along with a gold ring and furniture. My father-in-law demanded the 35,000 taka ($450) and the other things, or the marriage wouldn’t last. If I could have gone to their house with dowry my in-laws would have loved me. But I couldn’t. That’s why ...more
Dec. 14, 2017, 10:24 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5, CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"Tribal leader Abdul Wali Wali said, “Many time-worn cultural traditions are common in Zabul province; for example, the payment of high dowries, child marriages, not taking women in labour to hospital to give birth and other similar problems" (para 3).
Dec. 2, 2017, 2:10 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"The shelters also offer safety to women at risk of so-called honor killings, or of being sold into marriage to repay debts, a still-common practice" (para 3).
Oct. 24, 2017, 3:25 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"Indeed, in addition to the expected dowry payment, a child sold into marriage means is one less mouth to feed, a terrible choice which families on the brink, coping to survive, are finding themselves making more and more frequently as the conflict rages on" (para 5).
Oct. 20, 2017, 8:30 a.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"For Mohsina’s family, marrying off their underage daughter earned a $1,300 dowry — enough to feed them for a year" (para 4). "Desperate families are increasingly selling their daughters off as child brides" (para 5).
Sept. 22, 2017, 4:25 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"For many Syrians in Jordan’s urban areas and refugee camps, marrying off girls at a young age is a desperate attempt to ease the financial burdens on families that have little or no income and are trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty"(para 8). This is not necessarily due to money recieved by the family for marrying off their daughter but is possible. It could also simply be because of having one less mouth to feed after a woman is married off (ENB-Coder Comment)
Sept. 22, 2017, 4:24 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"For many Syrians in Jordan’s urban areas and refugee camps, marrying off girls at a young age is a desperate attempt to ease the financial burdens on families that have little or no income and are trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty"(para 8). This is not necessarily due to money recieved by the family for marrying off their daughter but is possible. It could also simply be because of having one less mouth to feed after a woman is married off (ENB-Coder Comment)
Sept. 12, 2017, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-1, LRCM-LAW-2, LRCM-DATA-1, ERBG-PRACTICE-1, ERBG-PRACTICE-2, ERBG-PRACTICE-3, ERBG-LAW-1, ERBG-DATA-2, MARR-PRACTICE-1, MARR-PRACTICE-5, MARR-LAW-1, MARR-LAW-4, GP-DATA-1, GP-DATA-6

"Women in Iran are subject to pervasive discrimination both in law and practice, including in areas concerning marriage, divorce, child custody, freedom of movement, employment, and access to political office. Women and girls are inadequately protected against domestic and other violence, including early and forced marriage and marital rape"(para 17)
Aug. 30, 2017, 2:41 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"Beezly’s father has already saved up enough money for a dowry to pay the groom’s family. Because of this tradition, girls in Bangladesh are seen as a burden no matter whether the family is Muslim, like most of the families here, or Hindu, like Beezly’s family" (1). This is a quote from th narrator at 2:38 (TPJ - CODER COMMENT). "This is the man Beezly is marrying. 25 year old Shyamal picked 13 year old Beezly because he says she’s easy to control. Shyamal tells me he was offered a lot more dowry money to marry other girls. But he wanted the youngest and most innocent bride" (1). This is ...more
Aug. 23, 2017, 9:29 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

“The bride price that parents receive upon marriage – often paid in cattle and cash – is also seen as a strategy to reduce poverty” (para 5).
Aug. 8, 2017, 3:35 p.m.
Countries: Algeria
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"'Thank God, we were able to gather their gifts,' [Souad]Chikhi said. 'We were able to pay the dowry for the boy and the girl and I hope that will bring them happiness'"(para 18). This statement was given by the president of an association that provided a mass wedding (ENB-Coder Commet)
Aug. 5, 2017, 10:13 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"A bride price is paid by the groom’s family to the father of the bride, which enables the transfer of responsibility of the women from one family to the other" (9)
Aug. 1, 2017, 9:11 a.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"Libyan tradition calls for a brideprice that is given all at once at the agreement to marry, rather than one part being given at the agreement, one part at the marriage itself, as is common elsewhere.[43]"
Aug. 1, 2017, 9:07 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"In Morocco, whether or not a woman receives a brideprice upon her marriage depends in large part on her social class. Women from wealthy families usually receive some brideprice, though some do not.[40] Lower class women and women in rural areas often receive nothing.[41] However, in one Berber town in Morocco, people say that brideprice is necessary and there are no marriages where the woman does not receive it.[42]"
Aug. 1, 2017, 9:06 a.m.
Countries: Algeria
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"Traditionally in Algeria, a bride always received a brideprice. Everything the couple owned other than the brideprice belonged to the husband. The brideprice, however, belonged to the wife, and she kept it even in the case of divorce.[39] This is in direct contrast to the practice in Egypt, where divorced women must return the brideprice."
Aug. 1, 2017, 8:25 a.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"In contrast to men, women are not allowed to choose whom they marry. A woman’s family decides whom she will marry, and, at the time of marriage, a bride price is paid. After marriage, women are effectively seen as property; they have few rights and little agency."
Aug. 1, 2017, 5:32 a.m.
Countries: Kyrgyzstan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"What is much more certain is that the increase of bride kidnapping is tied to poverty. Kyrgyzstan has suffered a lot during the transition from communism. Unemployment, particularly rural unemployment, is very high -- estimates put it as high as 40 percent. And there are similar estimates about the numbers of people living below the poverty line, around 40 percent. Because Kyrgyz marriages are traditionally very expensive, involving elaborate dowries and wedding feasts (there are often expectations to invite an entire village for a wedding feast), bride kidnapping has become a much more attractive option. If you kidnap a girl, you usually still have to pay a dowry, but the ...more
July 19, 2017, 12:14 p.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"Drought-impacted families are resorting to marrying off their children as they are unable to feed them and do not have money to keep sending them to school. Furthermore, families threatened by lack of food tend to marry their daughters for the so-called 'bride price', the amount of money they receive by the groom's families in exchange for allowing the marriage. 'We have so many cases of child marriages because lack of food,' Mhula explained. 'We have situations where fathers say they go to the city to find jobs, but then they disappear. People approach mothers saying they can feed their children, but they want their daughters as brides in exchange'" ...more
June 12, 2017, 9:38 p.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"In some of the cases included in the Kazakhstan, Kosovo, and Serbia fact sheets, the husband’s family had paid a bride price, and some of the child spouses interviewed spoke of feeling that they had been ‘sold’ to their husband’s family" (4)
June 6, 2017, 6:28 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"...in many areas of India it is common for a groom to demand a dowry of 100,000 to 150,000 rupees (£1,550-£2,320)" (p 6)
June 6, 2017, 6:28 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

“'Before we started this campaign, the prevalence of dowry among Muslims in our region was as high as 95%. Now it has come down to around 5%,' said DRA [Dahez Roko Abhiyan, or stop dowry campaign] member Shamim Rizwi. 'It’s a matter of time, but we are sure we will one day succeed to make Muslim marriages in this region completely free from dowry'" (p 14). This campaign takes place in the Latehar, Palamu and Garhwa districts (RNP-CODER COMMENT)
June 6, 2017, 6:28 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"Although India banned dowry payments in 1961, the custom remains widespread" (p 2)
May 17, 2017, 3:48 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"The Yemeni rights group said the girl was married off in an agreement between two men to marry each other's sisters to avoid having to pay expensive bride-prices" (para 7). "Yemen's gripping poverty plays a role in hindering efforts to stamp out the practice [of child marriage], as poor families find themselves unable to say no to bride-prices in the hundreds of dollars for their daughters" (para 11).
March 2, 2017, 3:49 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"As is common in India, and some other countries in South Asia, Sunita's family had given her husband's family almost £3,000, as well as around £4,000 in gold as a dowry - money or goods given by the wife's family to the husband's when they get married" (para 12). "She met women who had paid as much as £25,000 in dowry before being abandoned, women raped by their new husbands, some who were used to have a child and then abandoned and others left in India to act as carers and domestic slaves for their in-laws" (para 19).
Feb. 17, 2017, 8:01 a.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"In one petition for marriage that was overturned by a judge, a 16-year-old girl told the judge her father was forcing her to marry a man more than double her age so he could pay off a debt. 'The girl told the judge she wanted to have nothing to do with the man and that she was getting married because her father needed to pay a debt,' said Debora Cobar, head of charity Plan International in Guatemala and a former children's state prosecutor. In some rural communities, girls are still sold off in exchange for cattle, cash and or plots of land, Cobar said" (para 6-8).
Feb. 13, 2017, 6:51 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MARR-PRACTICE-1, MARR-PRACTICE-5

In this case where an Afghan woman was married against her will and then ran off with another man, and then were beaten to death by the two families (of the woman and her husband) in an honor killing, it was mentioned that "a high bride price [was] paid to the girl’s father, reputedly 30 goats and seven cows."