It places immense pressure on the husband and his family, who have to raise large sums of money, and on the bride, who often is forced to marry the suitor who can provide the biggest dowry.
The girl refused to marry the other suitor and ran away from home.
Understandably, a woman coerced into marriage by an aggressive suitor may have seen herself as a victim of a crime.
the company agreed to negotiate with its suitor
ABC News is the latest suitor for CNN's hand in a marriage that might save each of them $100 million a year.
This can become a poisoned chalice in the case of a corporate merger or acquisition, in that the suitor may not be willing to take on the risk of off-loading inflexible leases.
A suitor made a marriage payment called a mboya.
By then though Abbey may already have got married to its Scottish suitor .
Private equity firm Permira is often touted as a possible suitor .
Over the coming weeks the share price could be strongly influenced by takeover speculation, with Telefonica of Spain the favoured suitor .