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July 27, 2021, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"According to a 2013 report by the UN special rapporteur, the practice of “moletry,” in which girls are married off at a younger age in exchange for oxen received as a dowry, continued. The parents of a boy (usually around age 15) look for a spouse for their son (girls may be as young as 12), after which the parents of both children organize the wedding" (p 22-23).
July 23, 2021, 12:51 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"The wives say many of the men demand – and often get – tens of thousands of dollars in dowry, despite the ancient practice being illegal. The husbands can use that money to establish themselves overseas and obtain permanent residency or a new passport, leaving their wives and children behind – and in limbo" (Para 15). "When Amritpal talks about her marriage, she keeps coming back to the money she spent on it: She says she forked over $28,000 on the dowry and wedding; three days after they were married, she says, her husband told her to get $14,000 more from her father. Her husband, Kulpreet Singh, said all the...more
July 7, 2021, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"A husband has been filmed parading his wife's severed head through the streets after decapitating her in India[...]Police superintendent Arvind Chaturvedi said the accused had been arrested and a case of dowry death filed against him on the complaint of the victim's father"(para 1,6). We can conclude that dowries are present in India due to this incident of a dowry related death(NK-CODER COMMNET).
July 1, 2021, 12:36 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"Asiimwe’s partner was asked to pay bride price in form of 50 cows to her parents" (para 2).
June 30, 2021, 9:05 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"METLATONOC, Mexico -- When Rufina Galvez thinks back to her marriage at age 15, it's not the wedding party that stands out in her mind. There was none. Just a payment in 1,000-peso bills and a case of home-brewed beer. 'I cost 60,000 pesos,' the vegetable seller said of the money, at the time worth about $600, that her parents received in return for giving her away in marriage. The custom of the 'bride price,' a kind of reverse dowry system in which the groom's family makes offerings to the bride's, has been practiced for centuries among many of the indigenous peoples of Latin America. Typically, it entails gifts of...more
June 29, 2021, 11:26 a.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, MARR-PRACTICE-5

"Bridewealth (dowry) payment made by a groom or his family to the relatives of the bride to ratify a marriage greatly contributed to underage marriage, as parents forcibly married daughters to collect bridewealth or to finance bridewealth for a son" (42-43).
June 25, 2021, 1:58 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"A collection of pictures show the impressively large lip plates of the Suri people, a tribe that inhabit the mountains of the Great Rift Valley in the plains of south-western Ethiopia.The huge clay plates, which can be as big as 16 inches in diameter, are first given to children when they are just 12-years-old.The larger the plate, the more cows the girl's father can demand in dowry when his daughter marries. Cattle are enormously important to the Suri people and bring status"(para 4-6).
June 23, 2021, 6:44 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"Wang Yong, an employee at a Shanxi hospital, is quoted in Chinese media as saying that once the news of a young girl dying spreads, tens of families who had lost their sons would rush to the hospital for an 'auction war'" (Para 29). "30 years ago, it reportedly cost around 5,000 yuan ($1,035) to buy a female corpse and host a ghost marriage wedding, a 'matchmaker' who had been in the business since the 1990s told Chinese media. The price apparently skyrocketed in the following decade, and by 2016, the 'matchmaker' said that 'you can't buy a single bone' for less than 150,000 yuan ($31,059)" (Para 30-31).more
Feb. 18, 2021, 6:18 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

“Article 14 of the Indian Constitution confers absolute equal rights on women. The giving of dowry is a legal offence, but many families maintain the custom nonetheless. Until and unless the mindset changes, the cancer will thrive and continue to spread” (para 25).
Feb. 15, 2021, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"A one-day mut’a or 'pleasure' marriage can be arranged for as little as 800 Egyptian pounds (115 dollars). The money is split between the broker and the girl’s parents. A summer-long misyar or 'visitor' marriage runs from 20,000 Egyptian pounds (2,800 dollars) to 70,000 Egyptian pounds (10,000 dollars). The legally non-binding contract terminates when the man returns to his country. The 'dowry' that Gulf Arab men are prepared to pay for sex with young girls is a powerful magnet for impoverished Egyptian families in a country where a quarter of the population subsists on less than two dollars a day" (para 12-14).
Feb. 10, 2021, 11:42 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"Local sources say the going rate for a bride is between 2,000 and 10,000 Jordanian dinars ($2,800/£1,635 to $14,000/£8,180) with another 1,000 ($1,400/£818) going to the broker" (para 5).
Feb. 10, 2021, 11:41 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"Local sources say the going rate for a bride is between 2,000 and 10,000 Jordanian dinars ($2,800/£1,635 to $14,000/£8,180) with another 1,000 ($1,400/£818) going to the broker" (para 5).
Feb. 4, 2021, 6:07 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"The dowry wasn’t much to pay for Eren’s well-off family, just 30 grams of gold in bangles worth $1200. Abdul wanted his father to ask for ten times that much. When Eren’s father said, 'I will treat her like my third daughter,' it cinched the deal" (para 22).
Jan. 31, 2021, 3:04 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"CALD women experience higher levels of violence than the general population. CALD women are more likely to experience abuse by extended family members, abuse related to their immigration status, dowry demands and forced marriage" (23). CALD stands for culturally and linguistically diverse. The use of dowry demands against CALD women suggests that dowries may be used among some communities (RAO-CODER COMMENT).
Jan. 18, 2021, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"But Taliban sources told the BBC the practice was creating increasing demand from commanders for funds to pay a 'bride price' - a practice in force in many Pashtun tribes in Afghanistan and Pakistan by which money is given to a woman's family to secure her hand in marriage... Sources said the Taliban leadership was concerned over allegations of corruption against members attempting to raise funds to sustain large or multiple households" (para 3-4).
Jan. 7, 2021, 9:23 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5, ATDW-DATA-1

“’We have entrenched certain practices that make it natural for men to acquire a woman, pay bride prize, later you can say she’s too fat so you devalue her by divorcing her…there is no law that says a woman should bear her husband name after marriage’” (para. 28).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"This contradictory legal Venn diagram was further obfuscated by the Local Customary Law of 1963, which allowed Tanzania's many ethnic groups to adhere to their customs and traditions" (para 24).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:26 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"Families often offer their daughter as a bride in exchange for money" (para 6).
Dec. 31, 2020, 4:24 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"Many of such marriages are a result of the poverty of families of these women in border provinces. Around 80% of women married to refugees in Iran are illiterate or barely literate and live in the slums. They are hardly aware of their rights, so they marry refugees sometimes for a small sum of money that is not inconsiderable for these families," Ashrafi said" (para 19).
Dec. 24, 2020, 12:25 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"A young Bedouin girl who wants to become a doctor is facing a race against time to avoid being sold as a child bride for 50 sheep soon after she starts her periods" (para 1).
Dec. 24, 2020, 10:09 a.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"The dowry wasn’t much to pay for Eren’s well-off family, just 30 grams of gold in bangles worth $1200. Abdul wanted his father to ask for ten times that much. When Eren’s father said, “I will treat her like my third daughter,” it cinched the deal" (para 22).
Dec. 20, 2020, 6:53 p.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"Women are also entitled to receive a dowry, which is money or property brought by a groom to his bride on their marriage, that they can then use as they see fit" (4).
Dec. 3, 2020, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

“The Committee…is further concerned about the persistence of harmful practices such as bride price” (5).
Nov. 30, 2020, 11:21 p.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5, DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-DATA-1, DMW-PRACTICE-1

"In the Solomon Islands, women are generally regarded as having a lower social status than men and there are gender inequalities in many areas of life. Women are expected to be obedient, faithful, perform household chores, defer to their husband on decision making and bear children. Physical punishment is often used to discipline women who are seen as stepping outside their prescribed gender role... Men gave the following reasons for intimate partner violence: alcohol, gender inequality, justified as discipline, bride price. Male perpetrators most often become angry with their wives for not conforming to traditional gender roles e.g. not preparing food on time or completing housework, refusing sex, being disobedient...more
Nov. 18, 2020, 3:11 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5, MARR-PRACTICE-7, AOM-PRACTICE-1, ATFPA-LAW-1, PW-LAW-1

"The Committee is concerned that, despite efforts such as the Royal Decree No. 55/2010 to prevent the practice of dowry from limiting women’s rights to choose their husbands freely, this custom continues to negatively impact on the rights of women. In this context it is also concerned about the fact that the man is considered the head of the family and married women cannot freely choose their place of residence according to the Personal Status Code. Furthermore the Committee is concerned at reports that, despite the legal prohibition, marriage of girls under the age of 18 is still widely practised and accepted by Omani custom. The Committee is also concerned...more
Nov. 18, 2020, 2 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: SMPP-PRACTICE-1, MARR-PRACTICE-5, AOM-PRACTICE-1, WR-PRACTICE-2, ISSA-PRACTICE-1, PW-PRACTICE-3

"It is also concerned about the persistence of harmful traditional practices in the State party, such as child marriage, the dowry system, son preference, polygamy, widows accused of witchcraft, and such practices as c haupadi, j huma, d euki and d han- k haane" (Article 17). Chhaupadi is a form of menstrual taboo which prohibits Hindu women and girls from participating in normal family activities while menstruating, as they are considered impure. (CM - CODER COMMENT)
Nov. 12, 2020, 9:30 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: INFIB-PRACTICE-1, MARR-PRACTICE-5, IW-PRACTICE-1, ATFPA-PRACTICE-2, PW-PRACTICE-3

"The Committee is concerned that such customs and practices perpetuate discrimination against women, and are reflected in women’s disadvantageous and unequal status in many areas, including in public life and decision-making and in marriage and family relations. The Committee notes that such stereotypes also contribute to the persistence of violence against women as well as harmful practices, including female genital mutilation (FGM), polygamy, bride price and wife inheritance; and expresses its concern that despite such negative impacts on women, the State party has not taken sustained and systematic action to modify or eliminate stereotypes and negative cultural values and harmful practices" (Article 17).
Oct. 30, 2020, 11:31 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, MARR-PRACTICE-5, AOM-PRACTICE-1, WR-PRACTICE-2, ISSA-PRACTICE-1

"It is further concerned about the persistence of harmful traditional practices in the State party, such as child marriage, the dowry system, so-called “honour killings”, sex-selective abortion, sati, devadasi and accusing women of witchcraft. The Committee is particularly concerned that the State party has not taken sufficient sustained and systematic action to modify or eliminate stereotypes and harmful practices" (Article 20). Sati is a practice in India where a widow throws herself onto her husband's funeral pyre. A woman who is a devadasi in modern times is a sex slave. (CM - CODER COMMENT)
Aug. 11, 2020, 7:11 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5, MARR-LAW-4

“Being born a girl in India, as many such stories will show anyone, comes with a challenge in many families. A heady mix of culture, tradition and empty belief culminate in a demand for the male child, for a girl is not a preferred choice. If anything, a girl is perceived as a liability for many, many families in India, while a boy is seen as an asset. To families that are ridden by poverty and schooled in a warped cultural ideology, a girl is perceived as an extra mouth to feed and an economic burden since she cannot work as a male child can, and since her marriage would...more
Aug. 10, 2020, 5:55 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, MARR-PRACTICE-5

“Teenagers like Sara - not her real name - are all too aware of this. She was meant to be married off to a man twice her age in India over the summer. ‘In exchange for [a] dowry he was going to give me land, a house, gold and all the wedding expenses,’ she said. Sara says it made her feel like an object - ‘like being sold or exchanged’. She managed to escape to a refuge in the UK before the wedding” (para 29-32).