Child Bride in Nigeria Poisons Husband

You know what? As much as I dislike violence, I wouldn’t blame the poor girl for doing something like this at all. I have no idea whether the husband is what sort of person, but child marriage is a terrible practice, and can even be life-threatening if the girl gets pregnant at such a young age.

Let’s hope the courts are sympathetic, and don’t do stupid things like the Pakistani justice system for accusing a 9-month-old toddler of planning a murder.

TIME

A 14-year-old Nigerian girl confessed Friday to poisoning and killing the man she was coerced into marrying, police said.

Police in the northern Nigerian state of Kano said Wasilu Umar admitted putting rat poison in her husband’s food, BBC reports. Three of her husband’s friends who ate the same food were also killed, and 10 were hospitalized. She is likely to be put on trial in a juvenile court.

Police Superintendent Musa Magaji Majia said that the marriage between Umar and 35-year-old Umaru Sani had taken place the previous week. The poisoning happend during a celebratory gathering in his village 60 miles north of the city of Kano.

[BBC]

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