People who refuse to accept a marriage proposal in Chad will now have to pay a fine.
This comes after the Higher Islamic Council in Mangalmé, Chad, ruled an amount between $23 (R375) and $39 (R630) for women and $15 (R240) for men was payable for turning down a marriage proposal.
The fine is known as "amchilini".
The Chadian Women's Rights League denounces the decision, calling it illegal and a violation of freedom of consent to marriage.
According to BBC, forced marriages are prevalent in Chad, with young underage girls the usual victims.
Despite a law passed in 2015 that prohibits child marriages, 60% of women aged between 20 and 24 were married when they were still children, according to figures from Chad's Institute of Statistics.
This is how some social media users reacted to the decision.
Who else has read Chad's new law on marriage proposal?— Tinti~Badru (@BadruTinti) August 11, 2022
For sure African countries can making amazing laws. This new law in Chad targets women who reject marriage proposals.