Man hangs self over failure to pay the bride price


A 29-year-old man in Kwania district has taken his own life by hanging after his father-in-law repossessed his daughter over failure to pay the bride price.

Tony Awany, a resident of Emeng Village in Apolika parish in Chawente Sub County was on Monday morning found hanging in a house few days after his wife left for her father’s house.

Denis Ogola, the father of the deceased says his son attempted to commit suicide two times on grounds that he was not given cattle and money for a dowry.

Nelson Odongo, Kwania acting DPC confirmed the incident saying police had handed the body to relatives for burial. Richard Enyang, the clan chief of Pedi-cung-kal in charge of Chawente Sub County, the deceased’s clan says they were in preparation to bury the deceased who has taken his own life.

The incident comes barely a day after a 26-year old man committed suicide in Inomo Sub County Kwania district for unclear reasons. 

The body of Frank Amua, a resident of Alyec-juk Village in Ajok parish was found dangling on a mango tree on Sunday evening.

Amua reportedly left his home village and hanged himself in a garden in a neighboring village of Alik-ingel in Aluka parish, where he was discovered by a lady who had gone to collect firewood.

A 2018 report by World Health Organization placed suicide as the second leading cause of death among young people aged 15-29.

However Fatuma Adongo, immediate former LCV councilor for Chawente Sub County blamed the increasing cases of suicide on excessive consumption of alcohol.

“The level of drunkardness is so high among the youth here, the deceased had a bad record of drinking, and you can’t take proper decision while drunk.” She said.


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