Therese Leo Ikwuegbu


Infidelity in marriage has broken many homes and contributed largely to the increasing number of ill-bred children. The word infidelity refers to the act of having a romantic or sexual relationship with someone other than one’s marital spouse or partner. It hinders the respect of the contract established in marriage between a man and a woman. Some couples violate the sacredness of a marriage contract through extra-marital affairs. This is unacceptable in some cultures. However, on account of a culture that is steeped in superstitious beliefs, women in Arochukwu are subjected to severe sanctions in cases of infidelity. Culture should promote gender equality, harmony and overall well-being of one and all. The objective of this paper is to examine the concept and sanctions for marital infidelity in Arochukwu. The study adopted historical and survey research methods. Findings from this study have shown that the consequences of marital infidelity in Arochukwu are assumed to be grave only when women are involved. This gives rise to lopsidedness and inequality in handling marital infidelity in Arochukwu. Such lopsided sanctions are gender-targeted and constitute an affront to women’s dignity. Based on the findings, this study recommends awareness of gender equality in marriage, and marital infidelity be given an egalitarian consideration. Gender mainstreaming should be observed in resolving issues in marriage.


Implications, Marriage, Marital Infidelity, Family, Arochukwu.

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