Posted By Staff Reporter
A leader in Hela province, is calling on the Government to pass new laws to stop the increase in bride prices around the country.
Tomara Opena raised the concern over the weekend, after offsetting a huge bride price payment in his remote Garales Village in Hulia LLG in Komo-Magarima Electorate.
Mr. Opena says, observing practices in the Hela and Southern Highlands provinces, bride-prices have tripled, from what it used to be in the late 1980's.
Relatives of educated girls are charging more than K50,000 in cash, more than 30 pigs, cows, cassowaries and goats.
Opena says, some have gone to the extreme of charging K100,000 in cash, 50 pigs, a number of cows and even a landcruiser vehicle as bride-price.
The community leader says the government must quickly step in and create laws relating to bride-price in the country, saying there will be side effects from the issue, with the prices always climbing.
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