Three weeks after the start of a forced marriage, a 19-year-old woman from Adamawa state, Nigeria, allegedly stabbed her husband to death for refusing a divorce.
Rumasa’u Muhammed reportedly attacked Muhammed Adamu in the village of Wuro Yanka after his parents forced him to marry the 35-year-old man on August 6, 2021
A few weeks later, Ms. Muhammed asked her husband today for a peaceful divorce because he had no desire for marriage. .
His wife eventually stabbed him in the abdomen on Tuesday and he collapsed. He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Adamawa State Police Command spokesman Sulaiman Nguroje confirmed that the woman was arrested for further investigation. He also advised the public not to force their daughters to get married early, a situation he said was widespread.
The suspect, he said, however was not immediately charged to be a deterrent to others. An Islamic scholar who spoke on the occasion, Mr. Ustaz Abdullah Hamman, said that he performed forced marriages without any basis in Islam. He noted that for parents to have views on the type of family in which their children are, Islam does not encourage coercion.
Nigerian laws and regulations, it is illegal to force a girl to marry. References and Article 13 of the Violence Against Persons Act (Prohibition) of 2015 (VAPP Act), forced marriage and the act of naming and being treated as a traditional misconduct. Under Nigerian civil law, forced marriage is punishable by up to seven years in prison.