A 20-year-old woman was beaten to death by her brothers in South Sudan on Friday after she refused an arranged marriage set up by her parents.
Nyaluk Magorok was killed in the town of Yirol, in Eastern Lakes state, for reportedly turning down the proposal from her parents’ preferred suitor.
The man had reportedly offered the family 40 cows as a dowry – or conditional gift – ahead of the marriage.
Taban Abel, Minister of Information in Eastern Lakes, told South Sudan’s Radio Tamazuj that the young woman was disciplined by her brothers on the orders of her father.
The state minister said that a man has been arrested over Nyaluk’s death and faces murder charges, while her father has also been jailed.
“The father was one who ordered people to kill his daughter because she refused to get married. The first accused is called Anyich,” he said.
Abel condemned Nyaluk’s death and said the state would continue to tackle the widespread problem of forced marriage.
‘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,’ he said.