Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Think Tank Tuesday 12/2/14: Why Are Children Brides Legal?

picture source: thescoopng.com

I don't know (and don't want to know) what a grown man could ever see in a 14 year old little girl that would make him want her for his bride. To me any man who would marry a child is a sick S.O.B. and should be locked away forever; and parents who would willingly give their child to be married or force them to marry an adult should be locked away too.

No matter what your thoughts on marriage is (between a man and a woman, a man and a man, a woman and a woman), we can agree marriage should occur between two consenting adults. Imagine being a 14 year old who is suddenly forced to give up your childhood because you're forced to marry someone don't love and to make things worse that person is an adult. That's exactly what happened to Wasilat Tasi'u, check out her story below:

[The father of a 14-year-old child bride accused of murdering her husband said Thursday he was appealing to a Nigerian court to spare his daughter the death sentence. Wasilat Tasi'u is on trial for the murder of her 35-year-old husband, Umar Sani, who died after eating food that Tasi'u allegedly laced with rat poison. "We are appealing to the judge to consider Wasilat's plea," her father, Isyaku Tasi'u, told The Associated Press on Thursday. 

 On Wednesday witnesses told the High Court in Gezawa, a town 60 miles outside Nigeria's second largest city of Kano, that Tasi'u killed her husband two weeks after their wedding in April. Three others allegedly died after eating the poisoned meal. The prosecution, led by Lamido Soron-Dinki, senior state council from the Kano State Ministry of Justice, is seeking the death penalty. 

 The case calls into question the legality of trying a 14-year-old for murder under criminal law and the rights of child brides, who are common in the poverty-stricken, predominantly Muslim northern Nigeria region. "She was married to a man that she didn't love. She protested but her parents forced her to marry him," Zubeida Nagee, a women's rights activist in Kano, told AP. Nagee and other activists have written a letter of protest to the Kano state deputy governor.] Read the full story here!

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