In most cultures, a man is usually expected to cut and obtain the consent of the woman before asking for the blessing of his parents for the marriage.
However, there is a separate tradition under the Latuka tribe in South Sudan.
Here, a man must kidnap the woman he wants to marry and possibly inform his family of his intentions.
In order to realise this unique practice, the candidate must rely on the help of other men to capture the desired woman.
Once captured, she is taken to the candidate, where she stays until her father is informed about it.
It is interesting that the father must then physically challenge the candidate in order to demonstrate his consent to the union.
Afterwards, the candidate visits the lady’s father with his friends to formally ask for consent to the marriage. The parent can accept or reject.
Surprisingly, it is customary after the wedding for the groom to confront his father-in-law.
Despite this unconventional practice, debates flooded due to the conviction that a woman should have the right to choose her life partner.