16-yr-old seeks divorce over husband’s brutality


A 16-year-old housewife, Fatimah Mohammed, has asked a Karu Upper Area Court, Abuja to dissolve her 2-year-old marriage with Tasiu Kasim, over alleged brutality and failure by Kasim to provide food for the family.

“We got married in 2015 and I have a child for my husband, but since we got married there was no peace in the marriage.

“He is always fighting with me over petty and insignificant issues, he always beats me up

“We got married in 2015 and I had a child for my husband. Since we got married there have been no peace in our home.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Fatima also accused her husband of leaving his responsibilities to her mother, who catered for them.

“My husband also abandoned his responsibility of taking care of me and my child; he doesn’t buy us clothes and other basic necessities.

She also accused her husband of being jealous and in the habit of accusing her of dating other men.

“ My husband is very jealous and because I am beautiful, he is in the habit of accusing me of dating other men and `selling my beauty for money.’

“ Is my mother who has been catering for me and my child,’’ Mohammed said.

She urged the court to dissolve the union, adding that she had already moved out of her matrimonial home.

Responding, Kasim, who did not deny any of the allegations, prayed the court to give him little time to talk to his wife if she could possibly change her decision.

“ I don’t have much to say to the court because I love my wife, and I know that she loves me too. We got married because we love each other.

“ The court should give us a little time to enable me approach her and sort out these issues. I do not consent to her request for divorce,” Tasiu said.

The judge, Abdullahi Baba, adjourned the matter till September 8 to enable both parties sort out their differences.