Brothers beat sister to death after she refused to marry man who offered them 40 COWS

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The 20-year-old South Sudanese woman who suffered the horrific ordeal died from her wounds as the country faces an uphill battle with forced marriage.

Her dad had ordered the killing, state minister Taban Abel told Radio Tamazuj.

“The father was [the] one who ordered people to kill his daughter because she refused to get married,” he said.

He condemned the killing as “barbaric” but said such tragic incidents were not unknown.

“Forcing young girls and women to marry is a cruel manifestation of the large inequality between men and women in South Sudan”

Joan Nyanyuki

Mr Abel claimed the man allegedly responsible for the girl’s death was arrested to face murder charges and her dad has also been arrested.

He added: “This is a barbaric act that needs immediate intervention from the government.

“This is the second incident of its kind because last year a girl was impregnated and then her father beat her to death”.

Families in South Sudan continue to marry-off their daughters in exchange for a dowry — a gift in exchange for their hand in marriage.

By the time they are 18, 52% of South Sudanese girls are married, a 2017 UNICEF study reported.

Joan Nyanyuki, Amnesty International’s regional director for East Africa, the Horn and Great Lakes, said girls are still treated as “communal commodities”.

He said: “The marriage and killing are not only illegal, but also inhumane.

“We call on the government to immediately hold the responsible individuals to account.

“The patriarchal practice of forcing young girls and women to marry is a cruel manifestation of the large inequality between men and women in South Sudan.”

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