Katekwe v Muchabaiwa 1984 (2) ZLR 112 (S)

The court held that major women at 18 were completely emancipated. In other words they no longer required the assistance of guardians. As a result a father lost his right to sue for damages for the seduction of his major daughter since the right had passed to the woman (at 127-8). Also a father no longer had an independent legal entitlement to demand bride wealth, the seal of a valid union (dictum at 127).

It should be noted that the losses here appear to affect more the rights of fathers than their daughters.

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