Monday, August 19, 2013

Forced marriage: Court Orders Arrest Of Girl’s Father

A 25-year-old woman, Zainab Shitu of Rafin Guza, Kaduna, has dragged her father, Shitu Mohammad, to Magajin-Gari Sharia Court for allegedly preventing her from marrying her “choice husband.” She told the court on Thursday that her father, Shitu, had refused to give his consent to enable her to marry the person she loved and instead, was forcing her to marry someone she never knew.

“My father never wanted me to marry my choice but wanted to force me to marry one Abubakar Umar, just because he is his friend’s son, whom I rejected,” she said.

Zainab urged the court to approve her marriage to the one she loves, Abdulmalik Umar, threatening to commit suicide if her wishes were not respected.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the court had on August 6, 2013, when the case was mentioned, directed the father of the complainant to appear before it on August 15. Shitu was, however, not in court when the case came up and the presiding officer, Khadi Ibrahim Mohammad, issued a warrant for his arrest before adjourning the case till August 22 for continuation of hearing.