Friday, 21 July 2017

13-Year-Old Marriage Dissolved Over Seizure Of Used Menstrual Pad

A Grade C Customary Court in Ibadan has dissolved a 13-year-old marriage after the wife, Kafayat Akinade petitioned that her husband was in the habit of seizing her used menstrual pad. She also accused her husband of domestic violence, saying that he had turned her to a punching bag and a slave in her matrimonial home.

“I live like a slave in my husband’s house without proper care; I shouldered the responsibility of our three children and never experienced happiness since I married him.

“I left his house seven months ago when I sensed that my life was in danger, but he did not bother to beg me to return, instead, he cursed my mother and threatened to kill me with charm.

“I pray the court to dissolve the marriage so that I can have peace of mind, the court should also order him to be responsible for the upkeep of the three kids,”she pleaded.

The complainant threatened to take her life if the court fails to grant her request, substantiating her decision to part ways with her husband.

The accused denied all the allegations, but accused his estranged wife of adultery, alleging that one of his apprentices slept with her when he travelled.

He, however, did not agree with the dissolution of the marriage and appealed the court to settle the matter.

The president of the court, Chief Mukaila Balogun, said the evidences of parties had shown that there was no more love in the union.

Subsequently, he dissolved the marriage and ordered the man to take custody of the first child, while the second and third children should remain in the custody of their mother.

He also directed the respondent to pay N7, 000 monthly allowance for the welfare of the two children.

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