After being forced to marry, 14-year-old bride Wasilu Umar of Kano, Nigeria, rebelled by poisoning her husband, Umaru Sani, according to the Associated Press.
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In order to celebrate his wedding to Umar last week, 35-year-old Sani reportedly invited about 12 of his friends to his village of Ungwar Yansoro over the weekend. Umar reportedly prepared a pot of rice with rat poison that was served to the guests, after purchasing the poison from a village market.
Sani and a guest died the same day, while two other guests reportedly died later on at the hospital. According to the BBC, 10 others were also taken to the hospital.
Assistant Superintendent Musa Magaji Majia says that Umar confessed to poisoning her groom, saying, “The suspect confessed to committing the crime and said she did it because she was forced to marry a man she did not love.”
Umar will likely be charged with culpable homicide.
Even though Nigeria forbids the marrying of youth younger than 18, the north of Nigeria is dominated by Muslim populations who observe Shariah law, which obviously permits marrying at a younger age. In Britain, child marriages have been called an “epidemic,” according to the Gatestone Institute, after Muslim clerics were caught on-camera agreeing to marry off 14-year-olds. And in Iraq, about 24 women protested a new Islamic law that would allow girls as young as 9 years old to be married and sole custody of children to go only to Fathers last month.