A 16-year-old housewife, Fatimah Mohammed, on Tuesday asked a Karu Upper Area Court, Abuja, to dissolve her two-year marriage to Tasiu Kasim, over alleged brutality and failure by Kasim to provide food for the family.
“We got married in 2015 and I have a child with my husband. But since we got married, there has been no peace in the marriage.
“He is always fighting with me over petty and insignificant issues. He always beats me up whenever issues arise and these beatings are now unbearable for me.
“Several times, he was warned by elders in both families to stop beating me, but he refused.”
Fatimah also accused her husband of leaving his responsibilities to her mother, who catered for them.
“My husband also abandoned his responsibility of taking care of me and my child. He doesn’t buy us clothes and other basic necessities.
She also accused her husband of being jealous and in the habit of accusing her of dating other men.
“My husband is very jealous and because I am beautiful, he is in the habit of accusing me of dating other men, saying I sell my beauty for money.
“It’s my mother who has been catering for me and my child,’’ Fatimah said.
She urged the court to dissolve the union, adding that she had already moved out of her matrimonial home.
Responding, Kasim, who did not deny any of the allegations, prayed the court to give him little time to talk to his wife if she could possibly change her decision.
“I don’t have much to say to the court because I love my wife, and I know that she loves me too. We got married because we love each other.
“The court should give us a little time to enable me to approach her and sort out these issues. I do not consent to her request for a divorce,” Kasim said.
The judge, Abdullahi Baba, adjourned the matter till September 8 to enable both parties sort out issues.