A couple showing their wedding rings

Men in Burundi will no longer drink milk and refuse to buy the cow that produces the milk.

Unmarried couples in Burundi have until the end of the year to legalize their relationships through church or state registrations.

This follows a law signed in May this year by Pierre Nkurunziza In May, President which the government says will “help protect women and create a more moral society.”

Nkurunziza a former rebel and a self-described born-again Protestant Christian,claims a legal document recognizing marriage will help protect women and their children, especially on issues such as inheritance.

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Known for outrageous laws and bans, he banned jogging in 2014and members of the opposition group, the Movement for Solidarity and Democracy (MSD) Party, have been jailed for the practice.

Following the order, Mass weddings have been organized in the country as a way of enacting the president’s orders.

Speaking to Al Jazeera, Burundi’s Minister for Human Rights Martin Nivyabandi warned that couples who will not have married by the end of 2017 will be charged in court.

“After December punishment will be carried out towards those families who will not be legally married…If they don’t respect the law some of them will be taken to court and jailed,” said Nivyabandi.
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