Dickson Signs Widows, Widowers’ Protection Bill

Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson has prohibited the forceful marriage of the spouse of a deceased to a relation in the state.
Dickson spoke on Tuesday while signing into law the Widows and Widowers’ Protection Bill, 2015 at Government House,Yenagoa, following passage by the state House of Assembly.
The practice has been identified as one of the many negative cultural practices believed to be holding sway in different parts of the state.
“Henceforth, marriage to a relation of a deceased spouse against the individual’s wish and compelling a widow or widower to do any of the several acts contained in the law would be considered unlawful”, he said.
He said the new law was designed to protect the vulnerable groups in society particularly widows and widowers against harmful cultural and traditional practices.
The governor said women were the most affected in some traditional practices describing them as the vulnerable groups.
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