The bride price or ‘the dot’ the groom pays to the bride’s family is often very high. Most women are expected to be virgins before marriage hence there is a ritual performed after marriage to ascertain if the bride is a virgin.
Women from both sides of the family pay the couple a visit after the wedding night to ascertain if the woman was a virgin. The absence of blood-stained cloth could indicate the bride is not a virgin. Also, the groom is questioned and if the answers are not satisfactory, the marriage could be annulled.
The groom can then ask for his dot back if virginity is not proved.