14-Year-Old Forced Into Marriage Kills Husband More Than Twice Her Age

Nigerian teen forced into marriage kills husband. 

When Nigerian 14-year-old Wasila Umaru was forced into a marriage with a 35-year-old man, she was terrified and didn't know what to do. In this state of emergency she did the only thing she could think of: she poisoned her husband in the hopes that she would not have to share her body or her life with him, a man whom she did not know and who was old enough to be her father.

After being forced into the marriage, Wasila Umaru purchased rat poison and cooked it in a rice dish which she served to her husband and his friends at a party he was throwing to celebrate their union. The husband and one of his friends died the same day. Two more of his friends died in the hospital. Umaru went to the police and turned herself in, confessing to the crime. She was charged with culpable homicide and now awaits judgment.

Children being forced into marriages is not uncommon in Nigeria. According to CBC news, half of Nigerian girls living in non-urban areas are married before they are 18.





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