Monday, August 4, 2014

Nigeria National Debate: Child Rape vs Husband Murder

Nigeria National Debate: Child Rape vs Husband Murder

A 14-year-old Nigerian girl accused of poisoning the 35-year-old man she was forced to marry is set to go on trial for murder in northern Nigeria on Monday, a case that has thrown the spotlight on the influence of Islamic law in region. The national debate has laid a foundation for child rape or husband murder.

Police say Tasi'u confessed to poisoning Sani and his guests at the wedding party in the village of Unguwar Yansoro village, about 60 kilometres (40 miles) outside Nigeria's second city of Kano.

"She did it because she was forced by her parents to marry a man she did not love," Kano state police spokesman Musa Magaji Majia told AFP.

Her lawyer Hussaina Aliyu rejects claims that her client made a legally valid confession.

"All we are saying is do justice to her. Treat the case as it is. Treat her as a child," Aliyu, who works with International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) said.

Under Islam (Sharia law aka Allah's law), Muslim men are allowed to marry girls as young as babies. Fundamentalist Islam and Sharia Law extremist is of the opinion that she committed murder and should be sentenced to death accordingly.

What happened to doing the right thing? Self defence?


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