Woman sues father over alleged forced marriage
Sadiya M. Usman, 25-year-old, on Wednesday dragged her father Mallam Usman before a Shari’a court sitting at Rigasa, Kaduna for allegedly forcing her into an unwanted marriage.
She told the court that her father had masterminded her marriage with three husbands so far, all through coercion.
“My father arranged and forced me to marry without first knowing the man I was marrying.
“My first, second and third marriage were all forced marriages arranged by my father.
“I can’t continue like this. I want the court to dissolve the marriage”, she said.
She told the court that she currently lives with someone at Unguwan Sarki area of the state.
On his part, the defendant said that his daughter brought the man home but later rejected him.
” Her claims that she does not know him is untrue.
“I don’t know where my daughter is currently staying. She left my house on the day of the wedding.
” I pray the court to order her to return home as soon as possible,” he said.
The Judge, Malam Salisu Abubakar, Tureta declined to order the plaintiff o return to her father’s house, but ordered her to stay under the custody of the district head of Rigasa.
He adjourned the matter until March 10 for continuation of hearing.
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