Muslim teen must marry her rapist
The Nigerian father of a 13-year-old who was gang-raped in December last year has forgiven the attackers and agreed to allow one of them to marry her.
According this report, four men men were arrested in Kano province for the crime. Three confessed to raping their victim, who had been lured into a partially-completed building.
One of the rapists, Usiani Ja’afar then pleaded to be allow marry the girl.
The father, Malam Ya’u, a mechanic, said that he was at his garage working when officials came with the news that his daughter had been raped.
Ya’u said he wanted all of them to be tried and sent to jail for their crimes but changed his mind:
When all of them showed remorse, especially the one pleading to marry her, Ja’afar, I decided to temper justice with mercy.
Ya’u said that Ja’afar indicated his seriousness of marrying his daughter by carrying out the customary tradition of coming with his family to formally ask the hand of the girl in marriage.
He came with his uncle, who it turned out I already knew and had a cordial relationship with. So I accepted the request and will marry her off to him. In fact, the date for the wedding has been fixed since. I decided to allow him marry the girl because our consultations with our Malams (Islamic clerics) showed that there is nothing wrong about that.
He also revealed that his daughter had undergone medical tests and result showed that she is okay.
A Kano-based Islamic scholar, Sheikh Fadlu Dan Almajiri Fagge, said that the Islam religion allows for a rape victim to marry the man who raped her provided certain conditions are met.
One is that:
The girl has to observe Istibira’i, a month period to ensure absence of pregnancy.
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